Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Spur Ranch Road Update 07_24_2012

Dear Neighbors,

The weed spraying of the Russian thistle (tumbleweed) along the road has now been completed. RT is a hard plant to kill, so we’re crossing our fingers to see how successful the spraying will be. We should know in a few days. Many thanks to SRRA director Susie Schoenfeld and her hubby Bill for lending us their ATV and spraying equipment, as well as many hours of their labor. Also, SRRA director Al Webster and my wife Carole pitched in to help spray.


A culvert across SRR to improve road drainage will be installed in the next few days a few hundred yards East of the Rosa Linda turnoff. We asked a retired road engineer in Eldorado for a second opinion in locating the culvert to maximize its effectiveness, but the road grade is very slight in that area, so there’s some uncertainty about the exact location of the lowest part of the road. If we miss it by a couple of hundred feet, we believe we can compensate by altering the side ditches slightly to focus the water flow.  Interestingly, the culvert is intended to alleviate road washout about a quarter mile to the East, near Calle Junipero. The idea is that water that would normally flood across the road will be carried by side ditches down the road to the culvert.


It should only take a couple of hours to install the culvert, but we have a short bypass detour for traffic using the road during this time.




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