Officials: road embargo still in effect

Franklin County Officials want to remind motorists that an embargo on rural roads is still in effect.

The Franklin County Board of Supervisors on March 18 approved the embargo, which limits the amount of weight per axle – five tons maximum - allowed on gravel roads. This was meant to keep damage done to roads at a minimum.

Franklin County Engineer Jay Waddingham said people have not fully obeyed the embargo. Continued traffic, along with recent wet weather, have worsened road conditions.

“The roads are torn up and with the rain last week, they got even more torn up,” he said. “They got rutted up and they’re susceptible to traffic. “We’re trying to put rock out, get surfacing improved and blade the ruts shut but then traffic comes along and makes ruts again,” he added.

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