The Union Recorder


March 7, 2014

County residents waiting for better dirt roads

MILLEDGEVILLE — Last summer, Baldwin County leadership reported on the poor condition of several dirt roads used as major thoroughfares and the plans to fix them.

Drivers struggle traversing the dirt based surfaces. Residents are still waiting for the work to commence. 

The Baldwin County Board of Commissioners approved a 10-road prioritization list for “all-weather” reconstruction Sept. 17, 2013 and accepted an annual labor contract bid from Glenn Ray Construction the following month. The county wants the dirt roads passable rain or shine rebuilt within the right-of-ways.

“The contractor will reshape the road and get back the crown and ditches. Some of the areas on these dirt roads the road is actually lower than the natural ground,” County Engineer Brian Wood said. “Water has nowhere to run off to. We’ll address that by raising the road up.”

Ray’s Construction won the bid in part because of sand and clay pit access that Wood said makes “a perfect cap to a dirt road.”

Gravel topdressing will complete the stalled county plans.

“This is going to be a slow process getting all of these roads back to an all-weather condition,” Wood said. “The main hold up is the weather. We can’t get on the roads while they are wet because we make a bigger mess.”

Winter storm cleanup tied down Public Works crews for a month.

“It’s gotten us so far behind that it’s going to be tough to get caught up,” Wood said. 

Transportation life on Avery Store Road has gotten worse the last two years, according to Avery Store Road homeowner Tina Glenn Smith. Recent precipitation means “pot holes” and “ruts everywhere.”

Trash pickup is affected as well. Smith said the truck has even gotten stuck on Avery Store.

The 27-year dirt road resident actually slid off into the ditch when turning off of Old Monticello Road recently. Smith said that’s a first.

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