The county highway department has not fared much this season according to superintendent Jerry Sitton.
Rush County is comprised of roughly 750 square miles and keeping county roads open is paramount for workers to reach their place of employment, school bus travel and the daily life of those living in a farming community. Multiple winter storms dumping multiple inches of snow combined with strong winds this season have challenged the county highway department.
An effort to keep rural roads passable without destroying the roadway surface and resulting in additional cost for road repairs has challenged the department.
County employees have worked nearly 1,051 overtime hours plowing rural roads and applied nearly 1,500 tons of number 11- brown stone to the roads in recent months. Sitton said that only one truck has been damaged this year. Fortunately, the damage was relatively minor to what it could have been.
Currently, the county is in the grips of another deep freeze while extend forecast are for a possible warming trend in the coming days.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.