Henderson officials place a weight restriction on county roads after reports of damage. The weight restriction went into effect today, and officials say they're not sure how long it will last.
Henderson County Engineer, William Hubiak, says the county started getting complaints last week on county roads like McDonald Landing. Today officials meet with the County Judge and Road Superintendent, placing the restriction. Now, drivers will have to make some accommodations.
During your Sunday drive along some Henderson County roads, the trip might start to get a little bumpy. "We have had one of the worst winters we've had in a long time," says Henderson County Engineer William Hubiak. He says due to heavy rainfall, snow, and ice, county roads are left in brittle condition. "They're saturated with water, and the ground below them is still froze, so the water has nowhere to go. When you put the heavy truck traffic on it, it pumps the asphalt and rock up," says Hubiak. Henderson officials take action. "The Judge decided it was in the best interest of the county to lower the weight limits on the county roads."
Hubiak says it's heavy truck traffic, like tractor trailers, causing the roads to crumble. "This only effects the county roads, no state, or city roads." Hubiak says they have decided to lower the road's weight limit from 36, 000 pounds to 30,000 pounds. People like farmers will have to make some changes. "They are going to have to make more trips, but it would be better, having a better road to make the trips on, than tearing the road up and becoming more difficult costing more to fix it," Hubiak says.
It's a bump in the road now, saving tax payers in the future. "It costs the tax payers a lot of money to fix the roads when they are damaged like this. With the kind of weather we've had, we want to minimize the kind of damage we are having," says Hubiak. As for the list of county roads this restriction effects, Hubiak says, its easy to identify them. "If it does not have center line stripping on it."
Hubiak says they will make an assessment Tuesday on the damage that's been made to the roads. Officials are not sure how long the weight restriction will last, but for the time being they're only able to lay a rock surface over the damaged spots. The county hopes to do some patch work in the next couple of weeks.