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PLATTSMOUTH – Improvements on Murray Road where a bridge replacement was completed last fall are still continuing.

The Cass County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved the purchase of guardrails to be installed along the sides of the newly-installed box culvert on that road east of U.S. Highway 75.

There are slopes along the road to prevent vehicles from overturning should they go off the road for some reason, according to Lenny Thorne, the county’s highway superintendent. Nonetheless, the guardrails will offer even more safety for motorists.

“There’s a lot of traffic on that road,” said Commissioner Duane Murdoch.

The guardrails will meet the latest safety standards set by the state, Thorne said. Total purchase price is $14,250 with installation coming in the spring, he said.

“It’s improved safety for the traffic,” he said.

On another road-related manner, Thorne expressed confidence the county has enough salt supply for road application for the remainder of winter, barring constant snow day-after-day.

“We’re still hanging on,” he said. “Right now, I think we’ll be OK.”

In other business, the board approved the re-appointment of Robert Staben, Steve Bruttig and Raymond Althouse to the county’s Planning Commission. Each will serve a three-year term.

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