Heavy trucks will have to find detours in northern parts of Franklin County for a while.
The county's public works department is imposing a temporary weight limit on its roads in the area. County engineer Matt Rasmussen told county commissioners Wednesday that the area was hit particularly hard by snow last week.
"As the snow is rapidly melting off, it is super saturating the soil," he said.
The weight limit prohibits most large trucks from using roads between Sheffield Road to the north and Overturf Road to the south, said Public Works Director Matt Mahoney.
But some heavy vehicles, like school buses and trucks carrying perishable food, will still be allowed to use them.
The restrictions could be lifted within a week since wind and sun are drying the roads, Mahoney said.
-- County commissioners voted 3-0 to apply for three grants that are part of the Target Zero highway safety plan. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission program seeks to have no traffic deaths or serious injuries in the state by 2030.
The request includes $30,000 for two portable message boards. Mahoney said the boards can be moved to different parts of the county to notify people about road closures and traffic delays.
"We'll be able to use them pretty much throughout the county as necessary," he said.
The county also is asking for $25,200 to improve visibility at pedestrian crossings and construction sites. Mahoney said this will buy 150 "work zone" signs and 1,980 square feet of highly reflective paint to be used in crosswalks.
"The whole idea of that is getting our crosswalks to last a lot longer," he said.
Another $10,000 would go toward a new portable electronic sign that shows drivers how fast they are going compared to the posted speed limit. Mahoney said these help reduce speeding in the county.
-- Commissioners approved a change that allows Lydig Construction to continue work on the new part of the Franklin County jail while officials move in during March.
Jail project manager Larry Hueter said the change will allow construction on the jail, which also includes renovating the existing facility, to get back on schedule. Contractors fell 12 days behind due to the Franklin Public Utility District's relocation of some switches. Completion is scheduled for Sept. 4.
-- Commissioners opened bids for a county-wide crack sealing project. Stripe Rite Inc. of Kennewick had the lowest base bid at $74,110. BCV Inc. of Burbank was second lowest of four bids at $97,500. Staff will review the bids and come back to the commission.
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