Weather Conditions Affect Gravel Roads

4 years 5 months 3 days ago Sunday, December 22 2013 Dec 22, 2013 Sunday, December 22, 2013 2:26:00 PM CST December 22, 2013 in News
By: Paige Travis, KOMU 8 Reporter

BOONE COUNTY- Recent reports from Boone County Public Works show about two inches of ice accumulated yesterday and extreme weather conditions caused gravel roads to freeze overnight. The freezing temperatures caused some areas to experience extreme slickness into Sunday. It also reports loose surfaces make it difficult to apply anti-icing treatments to gravel roads.

Boone County Public Works had Motor Grader crews working on rural roads to create more traction by blading slick surfaces Sunday. Other crews spread rock chips on gravel roads to prevent sliding.

Some drivers said it is difficult to drive on gravel roads due to black ice accumulation and lack of road assistance during this time of year.

Heather Boehm lives in a rural area and takes gravel roads to get to work. She said she fears getting into an accident because of the road conditions.

"I just go slow, as slow as I can. If I can't go up a hill I just turn around and go back home because it's too slick and I don't want to wreck," said Boehm.

She said she waits for the roads to clear before doing any major traveling.

"It would be a problem if I went into a ditch or something, so I'd like for them to find a way to put something down on gravel," said Boehm.

Boone County Public Works encourages people to be cautious on gravel roads. It says heavy ice accumulation causes tree branches to fall on the roads and block the path of travel.

Residents living in subdivions are urged to avoid parking on the streets. Clear roads allow snow trucks to put down the right amount of salt in these areas.

Additional gravel and sand can be applied to dangerous rural roads to lessen slick conditions. 

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