County engineer David Edgil said last winter’s freezing weather wreaked havoc on area roadways. He said crews have been working for three weeks and will continue for another month to resurface damaged roadways.
“This is a problem statewide,” Edgil said. “The state tried to get funding through FEMA, but it has mostly been left up to the state and individual counties to take care of the problems. Most areas are trying to patch and resurface, which is what we are doing.”
Edgil said due to the high cost of asphalt the county is patching with tar and gravel. One mile of roadway can be resurfaced for $35,000 using tar and gravel. The cost if asphalt were used would be around $85,000 per mile.
District 1 Commissioner Dual Tubbs said crews are working hard to repair county roads to keep more damage from happening this winter.
“If we don’t get it finished by the time winter weather gets here, we are going to have even more problems,” he said. “All our workers in every district are working hard to repair the roads right now.”
Tubbs said the road work has slowed the county’s grass mowing efforts in recent weeks.
“All of our guys who were working on keeping the grass cut are now working on paving the roads,” he said. “We’re going to have to let the grass go for a few weeks, but we’ll get it all cut again soon. We take a lot of pride in how our county looks, and we just wanted to let the public know that we aren’t finished with grass cutting for the year.”
Edgil said area citizens should use caution on roads that are being repaired.
“There is a lot of workers, machines and noise,” he said. “We are asking the public to please be careful in these areas. We don’t want anyone to get hurt. Drivers should also be careful to not speed in those areas, because there will be loose gravel for a short period of time.”