Needed rainfall vs. gravel roads By John Speer
April 19, 2013
Tama County has about 1,000 miles of gravel roads. The county Highway Department spreads 100,000 tons of rock on these roads annually according to County Engineer Lyle Brehm. But he admitted to the board of supervisors Monday that isn’t the whole solution to current road conditions in some parts of the county. What’s has turned into a wet spring has left some routes with deep holes 3rd District Supervisor Dan Anderson said. He called for filling them with rock while Brehm said the roads needed to be bladed first. There lies the problem upon which Brehm and Anderson seemed to agree: you can’t blade the muddy roadways and establish a crown on the surface for drainage in their current condition. Brehm also said contract hauling of rock for county roads by private haulers has been suspended because of the damage the gravel trucks are causing to the road surfaces. Last year, Tama County was designated a drought disaster area, so at least the spring rains are partially a welcome relief.
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