My fellow SRRA director, Al Webster, and I checked the road condition this morning, following yesterday's 1.25 inches of rain, and found the road west of the RR tracks to Compadres to be generally in good condition, with minor washboarding and undercutting, and some partly filled in bar ditches on the north side of the road.
The east side of the road, between SR 285 and the RR tracks did not fare so well. Although the washboarding has not significantly worsened, many potholes have developed, some of them relatively deep.
We had planned initially to grade the east portion of the road late last week, but postponed the work because of the imminent rain. As it turned out, that was a fortuitous move, and we're now planning to grade the east part of the road as soon as the road dries out sufficiently, most likely in the next day or two. The moisture is good, since it means we can save money by not having to water (and possibly roll) the road. We hope the savings will enable us to grade the west portion of the road as well and, pending negotiations with the grader, perhaps clean out and deepen some of the bar ditches.
Grading the road several times a year will be a continuing expense for the Association. We don't have enough budget to build up a solid base for the road bed, much less pave it with asphalt or concrete, so we'll make do as best as possible. However, every time we grade the road, it shortens its remaining life expectancy. This is a particular problem for the road west of the RR tracks, where flooding has washed out the base course foundation in several areas.
Some of may be using Avenida Compadres.The most worrisome section of Compadres is the 1/4 mile segment that lacks any foundation at all. We checked that segment this morning, and was pleased to find it was not as bad as we expected. It will be muddy but should be passable with a 4WD vehicle, though we don't recommend it.
Jim Garland, president
Spur Ranch Road Association