Sumter falls behind on fixing city roads

Winter weather causes some deterioration

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 1/11/18

The roads once made treacherous because of snow and ice remain a hassle because of added deterioration after days of moisture and freezing temperatures.

Since the snow, county public works has not been able to keep up with its maintenance of dirt …

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Sumter falls behind on fixing city roads

Winter weather causes some deterioration

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The roads once made treacherous because of snow and ice remain a hassle because of added deterioration after days of moisture and freezing temperatures.

Since the snow, county public works has not been able to keep up with its maintenance of dirt and gravel roads.

Karen Hyatt, assistant director of Sumter County Public Works, said public works has been a little behind schedule on maintenance since about Christmas.

The department will continue its regular maintenance of dirt and gravel roads after they thaw and dry, she said.

When the temperature drops below freezing, the roads freeze, and a lot of water or ice on the roads can result in extra potholes, she said.

Hyatt said the department has not received complaints about potholes getting worse, but residents can voice complaints by calling public works at (803) 436-2241. Residents can call, and the pothole will be added on the list to be filled, she said.

Hyatt said it would not be feasible for the county to purchase equipment such as salt trucks in case of another snow day because many of the roads that require the most maintenance are major thoroughfares and highways that are maintained by the state.

Road deterioration after snow and ice is a common occurrence that happens everywhere, said Al Harris, assistant manager of the city of Sumter.

City public works is working as best it can to address those issues as they come up, he said.

And if you blow a tire hitting a pothole, Harris said the city is not responsible for damage caused to vehicles.

Drivers need to be cautious of road deterioration after snow and ice, he said.

Harris said the department worked around the clock putting down salt with SCDOT to help reduce the amount of traffic incidents after the snowfall. The city already had a salt spreader and salt before Jan. 3.

The local SCDOT office continued to work on Monday treating icy roads in Sumter.

Crews finished treating and removing ice from shaded roads earlier this week, said Sandra Riley, SCDOT resident maintenance engineer. Sumter's roads are in very good shape as far as being cleared of ice, she said.

Regarding deteriorated roads, Riley said the damaged areas will be patched as they are reported. To report an area of concern, call (803) 436-2241.