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Work continues on county roads

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Jan Thompson

Staff Writer

OREGON COUNTY -- All of the 554 miles of county roads in Oregon County have been damaged in some fashion by recent flooding in the area.

"Some of the county roads in the northern portion of the county are in worse shape than others," Northern District Commissioner Buddy Wright said.

He said roads near watersheds appear to be damaged the worse.

Southern District Commissioner John Wrenfrow said his end of the county was in the same shape.

The commissioners said they are trying to recover material washed off the roads by the high water to fill in some holes in the roads. The commissioners said they were also hauling in rock to fill the holes in the roads.

Only one bridge in the county was washed away. That is in Wrenfrow's district on County Road 277 at Mill Creek.

"We are just going to have to work hard and it's going to take some time to get these roads back in order," Wrenfrow said.

Wright said one of the major problems his crew is running into is springs coming up in the roads, actually leaving large holes that have to be filled with rock.

While the commissioners are looking for some dry, sunny weather help with the road repair, they said they apologize for the inconvenience it has caused many rural residents of the county and ask them to remain patient while the reconstruction of the roads are in progress.

Presiding Commissioner Leo Warren said officials from FEMA will be in the county next week and will go to every county road that has received damage to evaluate the damage in the county. He said there will be a considerable amount of paperwork to be filled out, but hopes state and federal help will be received.

Warren also said the shuttle trip that was planned for the Narrows, May 3, has been canceled due to the flooding and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Last week Warren also spoke to officials with MoDOT and they said the passing lane project between Thayer and West Plains on Highway 63 should begin the end of May.

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