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By Garth Meyer
Gazette Editor 

Almota Road damaged by construction

 

Two scrapers stuck in mud on Almota Road June 17. The heavy equipment damaged the road after hitting wet dirt underground. Estimated cost to repair is $50,000-$300,000. Two scrapers stuck in mud on Almota Road June 17. The heavy equipment damaged the road after hitting wet dirt underground. Estimated cost to repair is $50,000-$300,000.

COLFAX – Friendly damage ensued on Almota Road last week.

"Did you get the scrapers unstuck?" asked County Commissioner Art Swannack Monday morning during a work session.

"Yes and no," said Mark Storey, Public Works director. "Scrapers blew out a portion of the road that had not been blown out."

On June 17, 45-foot long scraper vehicles from contractor M.A. DeAtley were cutting soil from one part of the road-widening project south of Colfax and hauling it to another part. In the process, the heavy equipment damaged the road (stripped to gravel) over an estimated 700 to 1,000 feet.

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