The Benewah County Commissioners endorsed a proposal to set up a portable asphalt plant in the area.

The plant, owned by Interstate Asphalt, will be located at the Pugh Brothers rock pit. It will be used to produce asphalt for the St. Joe River Road project this summer. In addition, the county – and private landowners – can buy asphalt. The plant will be required to meet air quality standards.

Brian Dagon of Interstate met with the commissioners to get permission for the plant. Work on the St. Joe Road is expected to start in August.

It is the second major road project planned in the area.

The city of St. Maries has plans for water and sewer work in the city, which will include re-paving several streets. Coeur d’Alene Asphalt won the bid for that project.

In other business, Commissioner Bob Short asked Dede Bramblett to check again on securing three more dumpsters for the UpRiver dump sites. One dumpster will be added at each site.

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