Pothole repairs underway on Polk County roads
Road department officials tell Channel 3, culverts have been ordered, but they can't give a specific time on when this project will be finished.
The Polk County Road Department is still in the process of repairing potholes on Upper River Road and J. Wilson Road.
The hole is nearly 8 feet deep on Upper River Road. Road department officials tell Channel 3, culverts have been ordered, but they can't give a specific time on when this project will be finished.
Off J. Wilson Road, the project is nearly 75% complete. Superintendent Roy Thomason says in the meantime, 19 workers are digging and clearing so culverts can be placed in the ground.
"Culverts are what we place in the ground, that's either metal or plastic," says Thomason.
The culverts will direct water to travel under the road. Thomason adds crews have been working round the clock since the first call came in on Saturday evening.
"Upper River Road is very well traveled. We probably have at least 700 cars a day on average," adds Thomason.
Those vehicles include owners and workers on dairy farms including Calfee Riverland Farms.
Channel 3 caught up with owner, Rex Calfee. Mr. Calfee says two milk trucks are having to take alternate routes, adding an additional 30 minutes to the work day. Other drivers who travel from Polk to Bradley County use Upper River Road.
Calfee says before Polk County started digging on Monday, commuters were driving through construction with only a thin layer of rock supporting the pavement.
Luckily, this didn't occur during the school year.
Thomason says to use Geren Road to Upper River Road in the meantime as an alternate route. The project is expected to last at least another week.
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