Road Conditions Report, 10/1/21
Information Provided by the Roads Crew Chief & the Board (Roads Chair & the Communications Chair)
ROAD PHOTOS below are live feeds from ADOT cameras at the JUNCTION OF SR277 & SR377
Note: The time shown on the cameras may not be accurate
This road condition information was reported on the date shown at the top of the page, but weather since that time, especially heavy rain, could have changed the situation. Flooding after a heavy rain can occur in any number of places along our 125 miles of roadways at CCR, despite the many flood-control measures we've put in place. With so many miles of roads, it takes time to identify and report on all hazardous areas, so please be patient with us, check the weather before you leave home, and drive carefully. Our roads are classified by the County as "primitive", as are most other roads in the area, so be advised that you must drive at your own risk. We recommend the use of only full-size, high-road-clearance vehicles (pickups, SUVs, or larger).
Recent Roadwork: Work has been completed on all of the roads and side roads south of Hutch in the direction of the 504. These include Pasture Gap, Lakewinds, Gila, Pipestone, and Grey Rock. After completing a few equipment repairs and maintenance, roadwork will begin on Whispering Ridge and surrounding roads, including Serenity, Buck Tank, Foxwood, heading West to Wood Dr and surrounding roads, then down to Flatfoot and Castle Rd area.
Alternate Black Canyon Wash Crossing: Work on the alternate Black Canyon Wash crossing at La Paz has been temporarily halted due to budget restraints.
Hazardous Roads (most traveled): No information available at this time.
Reiteration of Our Long-Term Plan to Make Permanent, Rather than Temporary Repairs: In 2019 we announced that we had launched a training program for our Crew in road maintenance standards and practices to allow us to make more-permanent repairs that would last, as opposed to “quick fixes” that we’ve had to repeat over and over in the past. “Doing it right” entails alterations/upgrades, such as reshaping the roadways; installing additional bar ditches & culverts; road buildups; removal of bedrock; hauling, spreading, and rolling-in fill/topping; all of which requires extra labor hours. In order to prevent any significant increase to our annual budget, this extra time leaves less time for the Crew to do things like routine gradings in areas where it provides minimal improvement to drivability. However, emergency hazards and complaints by property owners are still given first priority, although we may be forced to do “quick fixes” on some until we have time/money to do it right. In 2019 we estimated that getting all of our most important roads up to proper standards could take four years or more, but it will make our roads better and should reduce our annual cost of maintenance in the long run. Our program has been working based on the many favorable comments we’ve gotten from property owners about roadways we’ve been able to upgrade thus far, but there are many more we still need to do. We must again ask for your patience and understanding, and encourage you to contact the Board as below to report road problems in your area. Thank you..
Grading Schedule by Zones: Not currently available. We’re re-looking our Grading-Zone map and ways to make some kind of a schedule for routine gratings workable, but such a regimen may not turn out to be practical nor productive, as we attempted to explain above. Our mountainous location contains an exceptionally large amount bedrock, resulting in some roads being nearly solid bedrock, which can't be graded without damaging our road-grader. To be gradable, such roadways require fill/topping material to be hauled-in, which is not only expense, it doesn’t usually last long and must be repeated on an ongoing basis. Despite this, we do implement fill/topping when/where we must since a permanent fix would require extremely expensive alterations/upgrades, such as a major renovation that would require special, very heavy equipment we don’t have, and/or dynamite blasting. We’re doing the best we can with what we have, but we all must accept the fact that there will always be a few patches of bedrock-laden roadways that we’ll never be able to afford to fix right, and neither could our Developer from whom we inherited our roadways. Some degree of compromise “goes with the territory” where we chose to buy our properties, so we thank you again for your tolerance and understanding.
IF YOU HAVE A ROAD ISSUE, PLEASE CONTACT THE BOARD (Click HERE).