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Webster County gravel roads in peril this spring

By Staff | Mar 20, 2014

Thawing, combined with precipitation, fog, and overcast skies, will cause the granular surfaced roads in the county to become soft, said Randall Will, Webster County engineer.

The condition of the roads may make it difficult for all types of travel, he said.

Heavy farm loads and other truck traffic are capable of damaging roads with a limited number of passes.

Landowners, cooperatives, and rural businesses, Will said, are requested to minimize any heavy hauling until the road conditions improve.

Traveling early in the morning while the ground is frozen can often reduce damage to the roads, he said.

Will asks that drivers with heavy traffic moving over gravel roads reduce load sizes to lower the potential for road damage.

He’s calling for haulers will use paved roads as much as possible.

Every effort will be made by the Webster County Secondary Road Department to maintain the road system in the best condition practicable, he said.

However, embargoes and road closures may be required on certain roads incapable of bearing the customary traffic.

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