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Highway garage substantially done

The Harrison County Commissioners heard an update Monday morning, March 7, on the progress of the highway garage project, which is essentially complete with only punch-list items remaining.
County engineer Kevin Russel said the highway department hopes to officially move into the facility in April.
Project manager Mark Shireman, of Shireman Construction, said it was a privilege to be able to work with such a great team.
‘Your ongoing interest has made a lot of difference,’ Shireman said of the commissioners and county councilmembers. ‘The contractors are working well together under Ben’s (Shireman) leadership.’
The facility property, on 18-1/2 acres south of Corydon located along Old S.R. 135 near Shiloh Road just east of S.R. 135, has a main garage (100 by 170 feet and 22 feet tall), a salt building (100 by 175 feet and 20 feet tall) and a wash bay (20 by 75 feet and 16 feet tall).
The main garage facility houses a repair shop, office space and a mezzanine area.
‘It’s really shaping up,’ Ben Shireman said. ‘It’s starting to look like what it’ll look like … There’s no issues, and everything’s on schedule.’
The project cost totaled more than $4.3 million from land purchase to completion.
‘It’s gone extremely well,’ Commissioner George Ethridge said while thanking Shireman. ‘Good, quick, quality work going on out there.’
The new highway garage project is something county officials have worked toward for years.
The current facility, in the Harrison County Business Park north of Corydon, lacks the space needed to adequately and efficiently perform the department’s duties, according to county officials.
It also has issues such as drainage into a sinkhole and diesel fumes in close quarters with no exhaust system. The department’s main storage, including salt, is outside with no protection from the elements.
The commissioners’ next meeting will be Monday evening at 7 at the Government Center in south Corydon.