County road conditions discussed with commissioners

Dawn Rye | Writer

During last week’s Turner County commissioners meeting resident Gordon Dykstra addressed his concerns for the traffic traveling on County Road 31. He asked that with all the semi traffic traveling on the road, is there a contingency plan that will take care of the issue? 

Chairman Lyle VanHove asked if the traffic is coming from the south? 

Turner County Highway Superintendent Kent Austin said the traffic is coming from all directions off the county road. 

Dykstra noted there are feed trucks, milk trucks and hay trucks. 

Austin said all the traffic should come off the county line road. He noted the county closed the road last year. Austin explained every year on Country Road 31 he requires 240 blading hours and there were 4,000 some ton of gravel put on the road to maintain the road condition. 

Commissioner Tony Ciampa asked Dykstra if he would travel to the county line, how far south do those trucks come? Austin said a mile and a half or two miles max. He noted he doesn’t know if it would help if the county put up no through trucks on the two-mile line. He noted it could be local traffic only. 

VanHove asked if the feed for the hogs come from the north too?

Dykstra said yes because it comes from Montrose. 

Austin noted the one thing the county could think about doing is having a sign for just local traffic from the two-miles south and it would save the four miles of road. 

Ciampa recommended that the commissioners ask the owner of the hog facility to come and talk and explain they need to take another route instead of by Dykstra’s. 

Austin said he would call the hog facility owners to come in before the frost laws go on regarding the truck traffic concerns.

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