Ripley County Highway Department road crews have begun repairs
to the county roads after this past winter delivered more snow
storms than in the past, according to Junior Heaton, highway
department supervisor. He noted that approximately 850 tons
of salt was used this winter, which is more than usual.
There are about 720 miles of county roads in Ripley County, both
gravel and blacktopped. Currently, one of the challenges is the
rain which prevents some repairs to the gravel roads as the ground
is too soft for the equipment used.
Another challenge is funds. According to Heaton, expenses increased
as the budget for the highway department was cut. The money
for the highway departments budget comes from the State
via the gas tax, noted Heaton.
Materials are being stretched in order to repair as many
roads as possible. Blacktopped roads are more expensive to maintain,
Fewer employees present another challenge for the highway departments
three district foremen, Barney Bales, District 1; Bob DeBurger,
District 2; and Ray Toops, District 3. As employees retired, there
were no replacements hired, according to Heaton.
Motorists are reminded to slow down while there are work crews
repairing potholes. Please be considerate of the guys at
work, requested Heaton.
Ripley County residents are asked to be patient. With its limited
funds, the highway department is not able to perform as many repairs
on some of the county roads.
The Ripley County Highway Department is located on Hasmer Hill
Road near Osgood. For questions or to report a problem with the
county roads call 812-689-4720.
BETH RUMSEY PHOTO
Springtime brings work crews to the county
roads in an effort to repair as many roads as possible.
Motorists are asked to slow down as they pass the work crews.