Neosho County Road and Bridge workers repair damage from localized flooding
It’s been a busy start to June for the Neosho County Roads and Bridge department, as crews have been working overtime since Sunday, fixing the streets where washouts have wreaked havoc.
“I got three guys in the shop trying to keep things together for the guys that re out there, so.”
It’s also been an expensive one.
“We’re probably putting our average road maintenance per mile, to use, on any of the miles that is tore up, we’re probably putting two to three months of maintenance in them in one day, as far as cost-wise,” said Neosho County Road and Bridge supervisor Kent Ford.
Ford says the county areas close to culverts and low water bridges have seen the most damage. His crews have been working to fill ditches, fix dangerous areas, as well as,
“Hauling rock and smoothing them out,” said Jim Norris.
“There’s lots of bouncing to get over the [rocks],” said Alin Martin. “We have to bounce over the rough stuff to smooth over for everybody else.”
Martin has worked on the roads for nearly two decades. He says in comparing the current damage from localized flooding, some years have been worse, others not as bad.
“And it will happen again. You just got to have patience on the roads,” said Martin.
Right now, he cautions drivers to slow down and keep watch for the large rocks and damaged ditches as he and his colleagues work to repair them.
“We’re going to get them fixed eventually, hopefully sooner than later, but we’re doing the best we can as fast as we can,” said Martin.
Both he and Ford request the patience of the public as they the county’s roads back into shape.