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Wow was the rawhide bridge a footbridge? Hard to believe it was widened.
Will we need a bond for these bridges too?
Why replace the Wards Ferry bridge over Deer Creek? Most of the road in that canyon is single lane. No one ever goes that way anyhow. And a bridge on Red Hills Road to replace the ford? There's better things to spend money on.
The bridge on Rawhide should be a priority. Since cars and logging trucks use this as a short cut, the bridge becomes a hazard to travel on. Making matters worse is that people don't seem to understand that traffic from 108 has right of way. I don't know how many times I've seen cars cross the bridge when there is not enough room to let right of way traffic cross. Then, cars back up onto 108 creating a traffic hazard.
Rawhide.... Rawhide.... Rawhide!!! I cannot believe they put the bypass before that! It's a nightmare at that intersection, especially with their proud new light there. Until that's widened, why are trucks running that route? Oh yeah, how about some bridges on Red Hills road in the south county!
I agree with The Lorax. What a waste of money to replace the bridge on Wards Ferry Road! Its like installing a gold plated toilet in an outhouuse. Funny how this comes up just after all these tax increases were put to the voters. I do agree the bridge on Rawhide Road needs to be replaced but the others?
I have to agree with Hugginalan. It truly amazes me how many people don't remember what "yield" means. I'm also amazed at how many people cut through the Whistlestop parking lot so that they don't have to wait at the light to turn right onto 108. CHP could have a field day writing tickets at the 108/Rawhide instersection.
Hugginalan, I agree with you 1000% I drive over that tiny bridge every afternoon and it never ceases to amaze me how many idiot drivers that do not understand what the "YIELD" sign means.
What's even worse is the occasional a-hole who forces traffic coming from 108 to BACK UP when they meet on the bridge..
yes we all know that when the light turns green to turn left off of Rawhide, it's a mad dash to cross the bridge and make the light, but remember you STILL do not have the right-of-way, even when the light is green for you and someone makes a right turn off of 108 onto Rawhide.
as far as I know, the "yield" sign takes priority over the green light.
Rawhide road I can see But when is their EVER a traffic jam on deer creek? Or crystal falls WHY NOT REPAVE CRYSTAL FALLS/ Its a giant brickwork of asphalt just waiting for the rain to soften WHO DOES THESE STUDIES AROUND HERE? REALLY?
1.2 million to replace the Wards Ferry Bridge-what a waste of money-it's a quaint little bridge that isn't used that much-replacing it with an ugly modern bridge is just sad--this county is going to continue to lose all it's charm---
None of these bridges need to be replaced, really. It sounds like some have had troubles with Rawhide, so that might be the only one.
Crystal Falls is fine. I had to think to even remember where it was. About 30 cars per day cross it. If money is available for that road, it should be in re-paving. (yeah, yeah; the Feds only pay for bridges. Newsflash; the Feds get their money from us).
Wards Ferry has character as is. Please don't change it.
Red Hills does get blocked during heavy storm runoff, so residents in that area probably feel more strongly than I.
Rawhide all the way!! I'd be willing to bet there is more traffic in Red hills than Deer creek. Early in the morning there are lots of commuters that use Red hills, I think both of them need to be fixed on red hills. When there is hard rain they even close this road.
In agreement on the Wards Ferry Bridge. It pretty uniform with the area. I like the idea of Rawhide Bridge, but what about paving Lime Kiln Road. WHAT A MESS. They recently did a patch job for a stretch, but what about the rest of the road. Lots of near crashes from people dodging holes!
I need a bridge over my koi pond. Could I get funding for that? LOL
I have to agree with Tizalee. As someone who used that bridge for years, it seems like a total waste to replace that bridge. Not only does it sort of fit in with the surroundings, if it isn't unsafe (i.e. in disrepair and causinga safety issue) don't fix it. Both sides of the bridge have a very sharp curve come off it too which may become worse with a wider bridge.
The Rawhide bridge was considered and turned down by Jamestown in favor 'beautifying' downtown Jimtown a few years ago. It could have been done already and yet the 'wisdom' of the Plutocrats Of Tuolumne put it off.
I live in Pedro and drive red hills alot. Seems to me a little asphalt repair and smooth the approaches to those Fords would be good enough for me. If they make it too nice every one will take it and drive 80. I like the slow peaceful no one on my butt drive the way it is now. I can only remember a few days a yr when it was closed do to flooding. How about fixing pot holes! I,ve got a few on my street that are going to need bridges.
I hope that the Supervisors actually read and heed these comments, it's pretty darn overwhelming the consistency....and I am another voice to add, the Rawhide should have been done years ago, the Ward's Ferry is just fine, and there are many other places that need funds spent. If it's not broke, don't fix it. That's one of the many reasons why this state is going down the drain, we don't fix the stuff that needs it, and the stuff that's fine is rained on with money, our money. Yet, we keep re-electing the people who mismanaged our money in the first place...makes a ton of sense.
Loggers use the Rawhide road alternate instead of pounding Jamestown road to oblivion? That bridge is a land mark and suites the need of its population on Rawhide road. I'd suggest that the county restrict loggers and other large truck traffic from using Rawhide road. A few signs are a fraction of the price to encourage more traffic. Anyways do we really need more obscene eyesores like the one at Standard!?!
JRC log trucks have been using Rawhide for years....wasnt until all of these city folks moved here its become an issue,why dont you use Jamestown Road then?Log trucks provide jobs,wood,and pay more Tax to our roads than you
Wait... Jamestown was beautified? LOL Kidding. I know it was but honestly I don't see much difference. To anyone who thinks the bridge at Rawhide is sufficient for the area, you clearly don't have to travel it daily! It's a mess, and as others have said, many people don't seem to understand or respect the yield sign. I've had as many as 20 motorcyclists come across, completely ignoring the sign. Not that they are the only offenders. And yeah, there's the occasional jerk who won't move, but you know what? I refuse to move as well, and they get so irate when they have to back up. TOO BAD. That bridge is an eyesore and needs to be widened to accommodate the amount of traffic that travels it on a regular basis. Sometimes I have to sit through two lights to get through.
@mountainman: First of all, last I knew people were free to move from and to wherever they wished. Would you like to be blackballed for moving to the city? Get real. Also, can you say "long way around" indicating that people who live or work just a ways beyond that bridge to go via Jamestown Road? Let's show a tiny bit of practicality, shall we?
The Rawhide bridge doesn't need to be replaced, it just needs an additional one-lane bridge built next to it.
The rest (Crystal Falls, Wards Ferry, Red Hills) don't need to be touched at all.
And why is this the responsibility of the federal government? Why should someone from Arkansas, who's never been here, have to chip in taxes to do unneeded work on our bridges?
Well mtnman, the problem/topic seems to be the traffic on the Rawhide Rd bridge. Not Jamestown Rd. I suggested routing traffic off of Rawhide to reduce the bottle neck at the bridge. So whats your point? Your forgetting that the conversation is about bridges not taxes. Anyways when the county finally/ever gets the plans for the 108/Rawhide/Main street intersection figured out, this will all be moot.
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