Safety Worries Over Gravel Trucks

Gravel hauler and Cass County are working on plan for another route for some trucks transporting product from the sand and gravel operation on 72nd Street .

The Cassgram reports The Cass County Commissioners heard from a Lyman-Richey representative who said a new road is being built across private property that would be utilized by trucks eventually going north on Highway 75. After leaving the private property, the trucks would travel on Bay Road. This route would save 6 to 7 miles of travel for those trucks which now go south on 72nd Street and then east on Highway 66 to Highway 75.

County board members have some concerns. The board member from District 2, Janet McCartney, is uneasy with the line of sight considering the amount of traffic and the narrowness of the road. There is also concern about potential damage to the county road, especially on the ‘S’ curves on the rocked portion of Bay Road west of 60th Street. Roads superintendent Lenny Thorne said heavy truck traffic on those curves could present “a maintenance nightmare.”

Lyman-Richey and the county cooperated on sharing costs for upgrades on 72nd Street when trucks began traveling that route a few years ago. District 5 Commissioner Ron Nolte suggested that the company and the county work together on sharing maintenance responsibility on the proposed new route.

The matter was tabled while Lyman-Richey and the roads department work on details.

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