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White County welcomes new highway department building

After several years of planning, White County is welcoming a new highway department. News 18 spoke with the highway superintendent about this new building.

Posted: Aug 17, 2020 10:41 PM

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—"Yea, it's outdated," said Highway Superintendent Mike Kyburz. 

White County's current highway department building is 70 years old.

"It's a small facility," said Kyburz. 

That's why the county has built a brand new highway department.  Kyburz said it's a long-anticipated upgrade.

"The outbuildings kind of mean the most to me," said Kyburz. "It's all of the functions that we've been doing without. Our salt, sand for winter operations was completely outdoors."

On top of that, the current building is so small many of the employees had to take certain equipment home to save space.

"A lot of them keep several barricades, high water signs, that kind of thing at their house," said Kyburz. 

- and thanks to the new building that'll be a thing of the past. The project cost more than six million dollars and none of it was taxpayer money. A company in the county that handles trash called Liberty Landfill has paid the county a tipping fee per-ton of trash. Kyburz says the county has saved that money for years for this exact project.

"The shop in the new building is pretty close to three times the size of what the shop in this one is," said Kyburz. 

Which means more bays that'll hold not four, but more than 30 winter trucks. Of course, that's not the only thing Kyburz is excited about.

"I'm gonna have to say the break room," said Kyburz. 

He said their current break room is tiny. Holding meetings for more than twenty employees is a difficult task sometimes.

"Our current break-room is kind of A-sided and when you come in there in the morning to give orders you can't see everyone's," said Kyburz. 

Another problem that's water under the bridge in the new building. The new building will be ready and open by the end of August. 

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