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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 1, 2014

Complaints come in about dusty roads

By DIANE VANCE | Sep 10, 2013

Jefferson County supervisors are receiving calls about new gravel on county roads, mostly with complaints about dust.

“I had a conversation with a resident on Hemlock Avenue between Brookville Road and 170th Street,” said Lee Dimmitt board of supervisors chairman. “Our new contract rock was used. He said the road is now getting tons of traffic, and there is lots of dust.

“One of our thought processes in changing rock suppliers was we hoped to cut down on pulverizing and fines in the gravel,” said Dimmitt.

The board of supervisors approved switching gravel/rock suppliers for fiscal year 2014 and is getting contract rock from Douds Stone LLC.

County Engineer Scott Cline said most of the problem right now is the weather.

“It’s been so dry, with no rain,” said Cline. “A lot of the fresh rock has not worked into the road.”

Dimmitt said the resident he talked with wanted to know if the county could dust proof the section of Hemlock Avenue between Brookville Road and 170th Street if the residents split the costs. Dimmitt estimated the stretch of road in question to be about 1,000 feet.

Cline said it costs 65.5 cents per foot for the county to dust proof.

“I’m not sure if you want to start a precedent about this,” said Cline. “The county doesn’t pay sales taxes, and we receive a discount for buying in bulk. I’m not sure other contractors would appreciate it.”

Dimmitt said he’s always concerned about setting precedents, but he asked Cline to talk with the resident. The two speculated the increase in traffic might relate to closure of Brookville Road due to the bridge work at Mitchell Creek.

“Hemlock Avenue is not the official detour route we’ve marked, but some people could be using this,” said Cline. “The bridge project should be complete in four to five weeks.”

The county Secondary Roads crew has placed four culvert pipes and repaired another culvert, Cline said.

“The contractor working on the double box culvert is doing brick work and channel work,” he said. “The bridge deck [over Mitchell Creek] is being milled off. He’s getting the surface prepared, getting loose stuff off the deck.

“The gravel on Iris Avenue and 185th Street has been dust-proofed at intersections, corners and in front of residences,” said Cline. “This is part of the signed detour route.”

In other business, the supervisors approved reappointing Karl Metcalf to the Historic Preservation Commission.

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