MASON CITY — Cerro Gordo County officials are urging rural road users to stay off gravel roads as much as possible while hauling high-weight or high-volume loads.
County Engineer Brandon Billings says the combination of snow melting, rain and warmer temperatures are causing partial thawing on those roads. “That’s one thing I want to encourage everybody is because of the warm weather right now, the top of the gravel road is thawing out, and because of the wet weather we’ve had, there’s going to be a high amount of moisture in the very top of the road, and it’s not going to get the frost out, so it’s going to be trapped. So the gravel roads will be very soft and very messy, and they’ll get messed up real easily if people want to haul manure or grain or any of the heavy stuff during the afternoons.”
Billings says those using the gravel roads to haul heavy loads will end up damaging the roads for weeks to come. “That’s the biggest thing right now is we’re going to get people who haul and destroy roads, and we’re not going to be able to fix them correctly until spring. We’ll shape them up as best as we can, but we’re not going to be able to fix some of the severe damage that we’ll incur as these people haul all day long.”
Billings encourages carrying heavy loads in the mornings when the roads are still frozen whenever possible until the roads can fully freeze again.
Billings made his comments to the Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors during their meeting this week.