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Offline hawkeyehaven

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County Roads
« on: April 17, 2009, 03:35:10 PM »

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I do not understand the new way of grading for the western district, I can not see how a road is going to hold together if they don't get into the ditches and keep them cleaned out. The new commissioner and supervisor has told the grader operators to stay out of the ditches and now wants them to start damming up the sides of the roads. All that is going to do is make the roads worse because when it rains the water isn't going to have any place to go but stay in the road causing more potholes, more wash boards, and making the roads softer for more soft spots to develop. Looks like to me that in order for a commissioner to know how a road should be done is for them to know how to operate the machines themselves. Also on the eastern side the supervisor knows how to operate all the machinery, so why is it they would make a supervisor on the western side that doesn't know the first thing about how to operate a grader? Shouldn't a supervisor know how to operate all the machines? So far all I have seen out of the Western side is these men are all out working with the exception of 1, The supervisor himself. Just what is his job? To go to the county meeting and drive around all day or sit at the shed making calls? These roads are soon going to go to pot, Anyone knows that roads have to have drainage to keep them in shape. Why can't they pull the ditches make more cut offs for water to go out of the road and put a good crown to the road instead of trying to turn our roads into a river bed. :th_tha3ab577b-1:

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Re: County Roads
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2009, 10:53:46 AM »
Commissioner Zweerink is a former county road and bridge department employee who campaigned on his knowledge of how to run the equipment. I'm not agreeing or disagreeing with your post -- I truly don't know what he is or is not doing on the roads -- but I think he at least THINKS he knows how to grade them based on personal experience.

I do not understand the new way of grading for the western district, I can not see how a road is going to hold together if they don't get into the ditches and keep them cleaned out. The new commissioner and supervisor has told the grader operators to stay out of the ditches and now wants them to start damming up the sides of the roads. All that is going to do is make the roads worse because when it rains the water isn't going to have any place to go but stay in the road causing more potholes, more wash boards, and making the roads softer for more soft spots to develop. Looks like to me that in order for a commissioner to know how a road should be done is for them to know how to operate the machines themselves. Also on the eastern side the supervisor knows how to operate all the machinery, so why is it they would make a supervisor on the western side that doesn't know the first thing about how to operate a grader? Shouldn't a supervisor know how to operate all the machines? So far all I have seen out of the Western side is these men are all out working with the exception of 1, The supervisor himself. Just what is his job? To go to the county meeting and drive around all day or sit at the shed making calls? These roads are soon going to go to pot, Anyone knows that roads have to have drainage to keep them in shape. Why can't they pull the ditches make more cut offs for water to go out of the road and put a good crown to the road instead of trying to turn our roads into a river bed. :th_tha3ab577b-1:
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Re: County Roads
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2009, 03:48:40 PM »
Funny that someone would design a grader with a blade that tilts, extends, rotates, angles with down pressure etc to grade a road flat.  This could be done with tractor and rear blade at a much faster rate and at lower cost, both purchase and operating.  Camden county has some 60 mph gravel roads, but what do they know with their high centers and clean ditches.

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Re: County Roads
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2009, 04:21:59 PM »
Perhaps they can further discuss grading proceduces in the comfort of a new road shed for the Western District.  Nothing but the best for R&B while the PCSD if left with peanut shells.............

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Re: County Roads
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2009, 05:40:41 PM »
Thats cause they keep eating the peanuts

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Re: County Roads
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2009, 03:13:53 PM »
Commissioner Zweerink is a former county road and bridge department employee who campaigned on his knowledge of how to run the equipment. but I think he at least THINKS he knows how to grade them based on personal experience.


I don't think using a shovel in the ditches counts as knowing how to run the equipment. He may know how to run a dump truck but no he doesn't have the experience running a grader or backhoe. I think he should have talked to the older grader operators on how to blade and maintain a road, not talk to the supervisor that is as lost as he is on this subject.

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Re: County Roads
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2009, 06:27:09 PM »
ive been driving these back roads for awhile and some of the older grader operators didnt do that well of a job either. And from what i have seen during the winter months when we had snow on the roads. Mr. Zweerink has been better than the ppl he has replaced.  He has had his guys get roads cleared that would have taken the last ppl in office days if not weeks to touch, and he had them bladed the next day.

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Re: County Roads
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2009, 09:28:14 PM »
Grading a county road is not as easy as it may seem to most people. Each road that you grade is a different experience. A blade man must know his roads and how the water runs off of them. If you crown a road too much it is not good. the water runs off of the road too fast. If you blade it too flat water stands on the road and this can cause potholes. Some roads are wide enough to be able to spred the traffic all across. Other roads are so narrow that all vehicles must drive in the same path. As far as the ditches are concerned if you constantly get in the ditches they just keep getting deeper and that causes problems. The best policy is to keep the ditches as best as you can. Again this depends on the road. Some roads have more trees than others therefore more debris. I think that the ditches should be cleaned in the fall and in the spring. The key is to blade the roads on a regular basis. This should be done at least on a monthly basis.

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Re: County Roads
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2009, 01:41:28 AM »
Well at least he's not giving his road special treatment~ that is one bumpy pot hole filled road! lol

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Re: County Roads
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2009, 01:42:35 AM »
and eventually you run out of material to shape and hit rock. It takes a bit to grade and break the rock up and still end up with a drivable road. I love missouri back roads.!!

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Re: County Roads
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2009, 02:27:06 AM »
and eventually you run out of material to shape and hit rock. It takes a bit to grade and break the rock up and still end up with a drivable road. I love missouri back roads.!!

You beat me to it Fish....that is our roads issue....on the hillside and lots of rocks sticking out.   Easy to dodge though and our guy does a good job.

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Re: County Roads
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2009, 02:40:00 AM »
kristi you talking about ricks road or mine? lol my road is bad because the county doesn't have the jackhammer attachment for the backhoe yet. freddie has a hard time blading our road because not enough material to work with and the big rocks cant be busted with the grader.
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Re: County Roads
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2009, 03:46:30 AM »
both actually! Pat takes care of our road... or driveway I should say~ he loves that new boxblade of his! men and their toys! lol

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Re: County Roads
« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2009, 03:57:47 AM »
I sure wish they would do something with the entrance to Raleigh Road. I rock and roll to get in there, and i ain't talking dancing.  ;D

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Re: County Roads
« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2009, 11:52:25 AM »
I sure wish they would do something with the entrance to Raleigh Road. I rock and roll to get in there, and i ain't talking dancing.  ;D

If I am not mistaken the first 15' to 30' the state is supposed to own and fix. That is another road my husband blades, Says that is one road that he has to use caution with while blading because of the ones that like to speed up and down it
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