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- July 25, 2012 VouR COMMUNITV Page 9 N. River Road problems have county grinding asphalt By Sean C. Morgan that will take months. Of The New Era In years past, the county just added as- A portion of North River Road will re- phalt, Lane said. He said the pavement could main graveled at least through the end of this be 6 to 10 feet thick in some spots. year. This time, the Road Department decided The Linn County Road Department has to grind up the surface, Lane said. "We de- graveled sections of both North River and cided to convert it to gravel and maintain it Quartzville roads because of slides, as a gravel section." During flooding earlier this year, North The gravel is easier to maintain, Lane River Road had a slide, said Roadmaster said. "By keeping the gravel for awhile, we Darrin Lane. The Road Department ground can just go out with a grader." up the surface a couple of months ago and The road is signed for bumps and loose is planning to leave it that way until the offi- gravel, Lane said. cials figure out what to do with the road. The There have been two accidents in that graveled area is about a mile and a half east area, he said. The first was in mid June. A of Foster Dam Roac1. passenger was transported by Air Ambulance On Quartzville, a single lane has been to the hospital. A second crash last week re- graveTed, Lane said. That road will be re- sulted when the driver was going to fast and paired using federal funds. Crews will dig it lost control on the gravel. out to the bedrock in hopes of solving ongo- Officials have taken a look at the entire ing slide issues, length of North River and have been replac- On North River, "there's all kinds of ing signs to meet new federal standards ad- problems with the road and stability," Lane opted by the state in December, Lane said. said. He thinks it has to do with the water The new standards require numerous chang- level in Foster Lake and its impact on ground es along the roadway. Gone are the signs for water. "sunken grade." They' re replaced by "bump" The road has been that way for decades, and "dip" signs. Lane said. "It slides, and you don't know it "We're also in the process of adding till somebody tells you." over 100 chevrons " Lane said. The new It may drop 3 inches, and officials don't standards require them when the suggested know about it fight away, he said.speed for a curve is at least 15 mph differ- The county cannot afford to fix North ent from the underlying speed limit, which River right now, Lane said. It's a big project means the addition of new chevrons. ! ;!i!ii!!!!!i!i; /i!!: :: Photo by Sean C. Morgan A sports utility vehicle tows a boat over a section of gravel on North River Road. Linn County must add 10,000 chevrons Drivers should pay attention on winding by 2019, Lane said. With the problems on roads like North River and Quartzville, but North River, road officials decided to start it's especially important to watch carefully there. How much do the chevrons cost?and pay attention to the signs, Lane said. The county may decide to replace the In the meantime, the Road Department, asphalt, Lane said, but that won't be until which handles 1,100 miles of road, is doing next winter, at the earliest, its best to address the problems, Lane said. From page 8 July 19 9:44 p.m. - John Mark Taylor, 33, arrested on Sweet Home warrant for failure to appear on original charges of menacing and second-degree disorderly conduct, 3224 Main St South Fork Mobile Home Park. Cited and released. 10:49 p.m. - Norma Sue Lane, 55, arrested on Sweet Home warrant for failure to comply on original charge of fourth-degree assault, 1237 Nandina St. Cited and released. July 18 2 a.m. - James Marcus Cornwell, 16; Trevin Michael King, 16; and James David Hackworth, 15, referred to Juvenile Department for curfew violation, 28th and Foothills. 2:40 p.m. - Mitchell Allen Fowler, 20, arrested for third-degree theft and cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, 1530 amarack St Mountain Shadows Trailer Park. 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