By Myrna Trauntvein
It is road repair time and Juab County has two projects ahead.
Lynn Ingram, county road department assistant superintendent, told commissioners that a section of Meadow Lane will be completed this week, the day after the agreed contract to do work on the road by the Owens Corning plant is completed.
The second project calls for magnesium chloride to be placed on the Levan bypass road leading to a local mine located in Chicken Creek.
A third project, the cleaning of a segment of drain ditch near Levan, which received a complaint from Golden Mangelson and Robert Shepherd, is completed.
In that area, said Ingram, the ditch was cleaned of the gravel that had been plowed into it as a result of the winter snow removal there.
Staker Parson will be doing the paving project on the road by Owens Corning plant on May 15, said Ingram.
The Meadow Lane project will be done the following day, on May 16.
"The bid they gave us is an hourly rate," said Ingram. "I estimate it will take them about five hours to complete the Meadow Lane project."
That would bring the Meadow Lane project in at approximately $13,564 for the 500-foot segment of the 26-foot wide road that needs to be replaced.
The county will remove the current asphalt preparatory to the new material being laid.
Ingram said that the thickness had not been sufficient but that a test done on the failed surface determined that the road base was in good shape.
The road does get some sprinkling from the overhead farm sprinkling system. However, the county did have an ordnance prohibiting sprinkling of roadways as much as was possible for a farmer to control the overspray.
"Drainage of the road is good," said Ingram.
He said that the road was crowned and the drain pipe was functioning.
"We need a letter from the mining company requesting the work," said Chad Winn, commission chairman.
Ingram said that the road was approximately 5.3 miles long and that the mine had always reimbursed the county for the magnesium chloride.
Magnesium chloride is most commonly used for dust control and road stabilization. As a road stabilizer, magnesium chloride binds gravel and clay particles to keep them from leaving the road.
"It will be approximately $14,000 for just the magnesium chloride," he said.
However, it does take extra time and use of a water truck to lay the magnesium chloride. Perhaps the company should also be required to pay for the equipment needed to get the job done.
"The road has to be saturated with water before we apply the magnesium chloride," said Ingram.
The magnesium chloride then follows the moisture into the road.
"Send the company our proposal," said Rick Carlton, commissioner.
He requested that Ingram figure out the cost of the water truck and also estimate the number of hours needed to complete the project and submit them to the company.
The response of the company will also provide a paper trail for the county.
Ingram said that the county road department was obligated to grade and smooth the roads.
The biggest benefit for the use of the magnesium chloride was that it kept the dust down and that Levan City benefited.
"It is an environmental concern," said Ingram.
As for the Staker Parsons bid, said Ingram, it was a state-contract and, therefore, was handled the same way any road repair was handled which qualified.