Hardin County is lifting the embargo on our secondary road system. Some roads are still closed to due having water over the road and can be viewed in the map on our Secondary Roads Webpage.
We appreciate the patience that many of citizens and livestock producers have had during this extreme thaw. While our gravel road maintenance has been active every morning since late last week, Hardin County is going to begin hauling rock starting tomorrow morning. Every area of the county will be looked at equally as each of our 10 districts have been allotted the same amount of material. Once this process is done, we will reassess the situation further.
Soon we will begin our normal summer rock hauling but some of the old methods will have to change. There has been numerous complaints on the size of the rock laid down, and we are pursuing an avenue with our local suppliers to purchase a larger gradation of rock. A lot of our roads have also lost any resemblance of crown, especially during a period such as this when a wet spot pushes all of the larger rocks down to an area that will never see the light of day. To fix this issue, Hardin County may have to put more rock down than in previous years. We are unsure how this will affect our budget, as we do not yet know if FEMA will be participating in our recovery efforts.
With the passage of the reallocation of Local Option Sales Tax dollars to help fix our rural road system, we look forward to the summer of 2020. These funds will only begin to accrue July 1, 2019 so there will not be enough money to purchase anything significant until the spring of 2020. At that point, we will have the ability to add to our yearly rock quantities. This should allow Hardin County to add rock to roads that are long overdue. Since our most highly travelled granular roads receive material every year, there is less rock to spread around to our remaining road system.
Thank you again for your understanding during the last week, and we ask that you continue to support us as we work to improve our granular road system in the coming years.