Letter: County needs to find better and safer way to maintain roads

Editor,

Can anyone tell me why Island County Road Department dumps thousands of gallons of oil on the road, then dumps a bunch of gravel and uses a roller to compact it and call it road re-surfacing ? Do they not realize it will all eventually leach into our ground water? This is not a very good way to re-surface.

There are plenty of new ways coming out to help save our environment and avoid future issues.

Also, I was driving down Wilkinson Road in Langley. They had been working on the road the day before so I figured it would be OK to drive on. I didn’t see any caution signs. Nothing that said “motorcycles beware of loose gravel.” Nothing. I get around the next corner where Bob Galbreth meets up with Wilkinson. There are a bunch of county trucks parked everywhere. No early-warning signs until you’re on it. The flagger was over to the left side of the road on the uphill side, almost unnoticeable to persons coming from Wilkinson.

A lot of work is going on there, but nothing that is going to make a great difference to any of us —just future issues. I think our commissioners need to research the newer road paving methods, especially the one from Austrailia where they are using old plastic bottles and find it is more resilient than hard pavement.

Lois Redford

Langley

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