By AUTUMN HUGHES
This week’s wet weather has done more than improve a rainfall deficit – it has also kept the Bradley County Road Department busy dealing with storm damage.
This week’s wet weather has done more than improve a rainfall deficit. It has also kept the Bradley County Road Department busy dealing with storm damage.
Bradley County Road Superintendent Sandra Knight Collins said she had crews out since 2 a.m. Thursday, dealing with downed trees and putting up “Road Closed” and other warning signs.
Speaking at Thursday’s Bradley County Commission’s Road Committee meeting, Collins said in addition to citizens’ calls about water over roadways and downed trees, her department has also received calls about standing water in yards, which the department cannot address.
Collins added the department cuts fallen trees into smaller sections and gathers the wood to haul it away; citizens who are interested in using it for firewood can contact her office at 728-7006 and, if they live close to where the tree fell, crews can drop the wood off rather than bring it back to the department’s facility.
Also, Collins gave an update on a school bus pull-off at Potters Place at Highway 308. She said the property where a school bus pull-off could be placed is in the state right of way.
“We can’t work in the state right of way,” Collins said.
She added the county government would have to purchase property and develop a school bus pull-off in that area.
Collins also gave updates on several projects during the Road Committee meeting, including:
• The Lake Drive drainage tile work was finished on Feb. 28.
• The Hopewell School paving project will begin when school is out.
• The Frontage Road paving is scheduled for mid-April.
• Ditch work at Old Freewill Road and Elkmont Road is done.
• For the culvert at Chestuee Road and Old York Road, Collins said she is waiting on a water line relocation by Ocoee Utilities before she can proceed.
• “No Parking” signs along Benton Pike at Michigan Avenue School are waiting for traffic study results.
• At Hopewell School, requests have been made for “No Parking” signs to prevent student drop-off and pick-up traffic from blocking driveways.
“There’s no way we can sign every driveway,” Collins told the committee.
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