Roads suffer from subfreezing winter

By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times

Prolonged subfreezing temperatures this past winter have taken a toll on many roads throughout Webster County.
With temperatures getting as low as 4 degrees back in January, the road base separated from the blacktop on numerous roads countywide.
“We’re seeing problems that the cold weather has brought on the roads,” said Pat Cummings, president of the county Board of Supervisors. “We’re asking people to understand that it will take a while to find (and repair) all the problem spots.”

RUSSELL HOOD/STAFF Webster County supervisors Randy Rico, Paul Crowley, Pat Cummings and Doug Burgess examine freeze damage to Ray Road.

RUSSELL HOOD/STAFF
Webster County supervisors Randy Rico, Paul Crowley, Pat Cummings and Doug Burgess examine freeze damage to Ray Road.

One example is Ray Road in District 2, which Cummings said was matted and sealed just last summer, but now is crumbling in places because of ice damage.
“It was a good road,” he said.
Supervisors said some among many of the other roads in the county with problem spots resulting from winter freezes include Edgeworth Road in District 1; Lodi Road in District 3; Lollars Grove Road in District 4; and Barnett, Hohenlinden and Cumberland roads in District 5.
Cummings said he expects the deterioration to continue with the spring thaw.