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Roads causing concern

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

BENTON -- Scott County's roads have seen better days.

Several county residents visited with commissioners during the regular County Commission meeting Tuesday to voice concerns about the condition of county roads, according to Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger.

"We had quite a few people in here asking about roads and what our plans are this year," Burger said.

He said this winter has been as hard or even harder on the county's roads than past winters.

"We had so much cold weather in January," Burger said.

"We had a lot of hard rain, too," Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn added.

Among the county residents who discussed road conditions Tuesday was Fred Carroll of rural Chaffee who asked commissioners to address problems on County Road 210 and County Road 219.

Carroll said water is running over 210. "That road is washing out there -- there's a mud hole," he said.

Burger said the county highway department is already aware of that problem. "They are supposed to be taking care of it," he said.

Carroll also said 219 is "all washed out on the sides" and asked if the county could put a chip and seal blacktop surface on it as the road is "spongy."

"We've quit chipping and sealing," Burger said. He further advised the county won't be laying any new blacktop this year.

"It's going to take all the money we have to maintain what we've got," Burger said. He said commissioners are hoping voters will approve extending the half-cent law enforcement sales tax in April as it would free up money from the county's general revenue to transfer to the road and bridge fund.

Carroll said County Road 219 needs between an inch and an inch and a half of gravel on it and has ruts that are a foot deep in addition to the road being narrow in some places.

Burger said he would advise the road and bridge department of the problems there.