Wet weather takes a toll on county?s gravel roads

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LincolnvilleTruck.1202JPG.jpg A county gravel truck heads down 290th on Monday morning. More than 500 tons of rock were spread over a 2.5 mile stretch of 290th, east of Lincolnville, Monday and Tuesday, according to John Summerville, interim Marion County Public Works director. Two weeks ago, he said, the county started working on some extremely rough potholes. Using a raking technique, crews scraped away potholes, then re-spread the gravel on the road and graded it. ?It left the road smooth,? he said. Unfortunately, when the area got the soft, soaking rain over the weekend, there wasn?t time for the road to set and repack into the road base. ?(The road) was terrible,? Summerville said. ?We fixed one problem, but the weather caught us before we could completely finish the rest of the work.? Last month, Summerville said, the county spent almost $60,000 on rock for maintaining county roads. ?With all this moisture, we will probably meet or exceed that amount again this month.? In addition to weather, he said, there?s a lot of semi traffic on that road from harvest and the feedyards.

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