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Branch County Road Being Turned To Gravel Due To Lack Of $$
Friday Oct 24, 2014 11:57am
(COLDWATER) - The Branch County Road Commission says Lester Road west of Colvin Road to Ray Quincy Road will be pulverized and turned back to gravel this Monday.
The road commission said on their Facebook page that they elected to turn the road back to gravel because the road is in such poor condition, it is no longer cost effective to maintain it in a reasonably safe condition.
They say it cost over $2,000 per day for several weeks last Spring to routinely put patch on the road.
A more permanent fix to keep the road pavement would be to pulverize the road and replace the 4 inches of hot mix asphalt which is estimated to cost $310,000.
But the road commission says they simply don't have the funds to support the more permanent fix.
The road commission has not rehabilitated a road since 2009 as all available funds have been spent on preventative and routine maintenance.