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Annual Washington County Roads and Bridges Report

Money spent on snow and ice control.

And the impact of oil and gas trucks.

Just a few highlights of the Washington County engineer's annual report.

The Washington County Commissioners reviewed the engineer's 2013 annual report Thursday morning.

It's a snapshot of the condition of the roads and bridges in the county and gives an overview of the department's finances.

The report says the county spent about $934,000 on snow and ice control.

That's double what was spent last winter.

Also, 2013 was the first year the county engineer's office was involved with horizontal oil and gas drilling.

Many of those trucks have loads heavier than 80,000 pounds, requiring them to get permits in order to travel on county roads.

"Normally what we would do if you have an overload you would have to get a permit," says county engineer Roger Wright. "Normally we would process less than five a year. Last year in 2013 we processed over 100, so we had a significant impact with just overloads and things of that nature."

The engineer added that the oil and gas companies are responsible for helping to maintain the roads they travel on, through a road use maintenance agreement.

99 percent of the county's roads are in fair or better condition.


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