Trucks stirring up more than dust
By STEPH TAHTINEN
Mt. Pleasant News
Henry County’s secondary roads department has been hauling resurfacing rock, causing some county residents to complain about the dust the trucks have stirred up.
“That’s a natural phenomenon that you have. People want their roads rocked, but the people on the way don’t want the dust,” Interim County Engineer Clarence Perry told the board of supervisors during his weekly update on Tuesday morning.
Crews are attempting to use different routes as much as possible when hauling to reduce the dust.
In the last week, crews have hauled rock for 170th, 185th, 195th, 260th and 280th streets and Penn, Oakberry, Lexington and Kentucky avenues.
Perry noted that the roads are in pretty good shape and there is mostly only spot work to be done.
He also noted that there had been complaints about the dust on the recently seal-coated Jewel Avenue.
“There’s going to be dust until it seals down,” he said, noting it was part of the process.
He said that the complaints had been received by Shipley Construction, who did the sealcoating work, which then put down some dust control on the road.
“It doesn’t appear to be creating any problems, but it has changed the color of the surface,” said Perry, noting that the surface is now tan instead of white.
Perry also provided the supervisors with his recommendation on the rezoning of a parcel of land at the southeast corner of Highway 34 and 260th street by New London from A-1 to C-1. The supervisors had asked Perry to look into safety concerns regarding the entrance to the property, as the parcel is on a sharp corner and it is steep.
“It’s kind of been a vexing problem,” said Perry.
After driving the road several times, he determined that the running speed on that section of the road is about 25 miles per hour.
This translates to a stopping site distance of 155 feet. The stopping site distance is determined through a formula calculated by the time an average driver perceives a problem, reacts to the problem and stops the vehicle.
With this in mind, Perry said he would recommend putting in new driveway entrance at exactly 155 feet north of the existing road, measuring from the center line.
The third reading to rezone the parcel will be held at the supervisors meeting on July 9 at 9 a.m.
In other business, Supervisor Chairman Gary See said the future county engineer, Jacob Hotchkiss, has indicated an Aug. 1 start date. The contract for Hotchkiss is still in progress.
Hotchkiss is currently the assistant engineer for Washington County.
Supervisors meet again in regular session Tuesday, July 9, at 9 a.m. at the courthouse.