BREMER COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) – As rain continues and temperatures outside get warmer, the snow is rapidly melting.
Now, Bremer County Highway Department is asking people to stay off of gravel roads.
Bremer County Engineer Landon Moore called gravel roads across the county “treacherous.” He said he has gotten a lot of feedback from people letting him know conditions are deteriorating. That’s why they decided to issue a warning earlier this week.
The warning says if you have a large truck or heavy equipment, try to take an alternate route.
Moore said he understands many farmers don’t have other options, however he would like to limit traffic on them as much as possible.
If you do need to travel on a gravel road, he reminds you to use your best judgement.
“Just stay safe. Use common sense. If you don’t have to be on the gravel roads, don’t. Hopefully, in a week or so, we’re going to get 50 and sunny and you can drive all over the place,” Moore said. “Let’s just make it to then.”
Roads across the county may be dangerous. Moore said you can get stuck easily. On top of that, when they’re soggy, ruts can be a big problem when it gets warmer.
“Be aware,” Moore said. “They’re going to be in poor condition. We’re hoping we can limit the amount of heavy vehicles so that they don’t get ruts and torn up really bad. It really just creates more of a maintenance headache once things dry out.”
While many are worried about messy gravel roads, the county is also keeping a close eye on ones that may wash out after flooding. Moore said that will likely be an issue all spring.
The county hopes to lift the warning early next week, as long as Mother Nature cooperates.
Other counties across eastern Iowa have also issued warnings on gravel roads. Find them here: https://kwwl.com/news/top-stories/2019/03/13/multiple-counties-issue-warnings-on-gravel-roads/