Roads Get Attention

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It has been 17 years since Brown Road in Lauderdale County's District 3 has been overlayed. County engineer Neal Carson checked on the work Friday.

"We have just now moved into the north part of our county," said Carson. " We're going to overlay it and we're going to overlay the Nutt Road and Arkadelphia and some others in the area. We've actually got about two miles of dirt road paving to do up here. And if the weather would cooperate with us, we're going to try to get that done by the end of this month."

District 3 Supervisor Craig Hitt has had many calls about when the work will start. The answer is now.

Assistant road manager Earnest West agrees it has been a long time coming. "I've been wanting to get up here three or four years ago really, but we just couldn't get it squeezed in some way or another," said West.

West said there will be less delay in the future now that supervisors have committed to buying new road equipment. "We won't have as many breakdowns," West said. "We've been having a lot of breakdowns with this old equipment and it takes time to repair them and that hurts us on the road paving and building roads also."

Fresh asphalt is delivered in a large county truck and dumped into the spreader machine at a temperature of 375 degrees. The spreader moves along slowly depositing a two and on quarter inch layer of the hot asphalt on the roadbed. A ten ton steel roller follows closely behind.

There's still hand work to be done but eventually the road is finished and the crews and their equipment move on to the next location to make other county residents happy with a new road past their homes.