County outlines road plan
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
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Kingsbury County Commissioner Roger Lee said Tuesday that he has heard from people asking if there is a definite plan in place for roads in the county.
“I feel it’s important for people to understand,” Lee said.
Kingsbury County and the county highway department are in the third year of a six-year road repair plan. Part of this plan will totally rebuild 39 miles of county blotter roads. A blotter road is a gravel road that has had sealing material added, but does not have the proper base or foundation. Many county blotter roads are deteriorating because they don’t have a strong enough base to hold up to traffic and modern farm machinery.
“When roads were originally done that way, we didn’t have the amount of traffic or weight from farm equipment that we do today,” Commission Chair Shelley Nelson said.
The plan replaces deteriorating blotter roads with gravel roads that have a strong base and foundation.
Kingsbury County Highway Superintendent Dave Sorenson said the highway department crushes 40,000 tons of gravel a year to be used for rebuilding and repairs on county gravel roads.
Sorenson said another part of the six-year plan includes sealing 30-35 miles of main roads each year. The highway department uses 5,000-6,000 tons of hot asphalt mix yearly to patch main asphalt and concrete roads when needed.
“It’s good for people know and realize we do have a plan. I feel we do have a good plan,” Commissioner Roger Lee said. “But I do realize we will have to deviate from the plan occasionally.”
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