Thursday, September 12, 2013

Spur Ranch Road Update 07_12_2013

Dear Neighbor,

            As I'm sure you've noticed, the rains this week (more then two inches), although welcome, have taken a serious toll on our road. The rain is forcast to end this weekend and, weather permitting we will be regrading the road between Rt 285 and Calle Junipero on Monday afternoon and possibly Tuesday. This is a stopgap measure, until the road is completed by Bionic Soil Solutions (formerly RoadPacker SW). We have been in frequent contact with Mr. Bob Sherwin, most recently two days ago. In response to our query, he responded:

            " I have been waiting on another community who wants to do 20 miles, so I would have the money and equipment available to do SRR.  They all met for the HOA meeting and loved what they saw and seem very optimistic about getting it done, but didn't have a quorum to complete their vote.  My understanding is that they have to do it through the mail now.  The board members came and watched the installation in Carlsbad for the Bass Brothers and one of them is a road builder who was very impressed and is pushing it for us.  I am at their mercy right now as I want to come and finish off SRR as soon as I am able.  It will cost me about $75,000 so I have to do it in conjunction with another paying job and when equipment is deployed.  I will keep you posted."

                In addition to grading the road, we are also improving the gambion we installed a few weeks ago to improve runoff at the west end of the road.  In case your civil engineering knowledge is a bit rusty, a gambion is a box-like cage filled with riprap (aka rocks), commonly used in road building to stabilize water runoff. It comes from Italian gabbia and Latin cavea, meaning "cage. If you haven't seen our gambion, take a drive toward the west end of the road. You can't miss it.



Jim Garland, president

Spur Ranch Road Association

102 Spur Ranch Road


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