O'Brien County's Bell-Times-Courier -

County Shop in Archer Expansion Nears Completion


December 13, 2018

Tom Fisher, archer Shop Foreman and Doug Julius, Acting County Engineer, toured the expanded archer secondary roads shop. An expansion of the facility began in late spring. The shop, prior to the expansion was too small for new road equipment. Some moisture buildup where there should be none will be a key "punchlist" item for the contractors.

The tour was to determine any construction work the building might still need before making final payment.

The expansion project is a 50'x62' addition to the east onto one of the existing buildings. The two new overhead doors are 14'x16'. These doors allow access for the newer equipment that boast wings as big as 11'. The original building was approximately 50'x50' with 14'x14' doors. According to Dan Stamer the height was the biggest problem.

It is designed to house two (gravel/plow) trucks, a payloader and a pickup. The original part of the building houses two maintainers and a third truck.

A new hoop building for salt was erected last summer and this construction was built where the old salt shed once stood. The archer shop is where the salt and sand to protect the roads in O'Brien County is mixed and distributed throughout the county.

Three fulltime and one part time Secondary Roads employees are based from the archer shop.


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