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Work on Gold Creek Road ‘sucks,’ says reader

The in basket: Gregg McFarlan says that on July 14 he “had the pleasure of driving to Belfair via Gold Creek Road” and had two thoughts.

“1) Blacktop was recently applied as an overlay, not the normal grind and smooth. Gotta say, it sucks.

“2) Yesterday the county was applying what appeared to be light oil and sand to this roadway. I would understand the normal chip seal. But oil and sand?”

The out basket: Jacques Dean, Kitsap County road superintendent, explains, “The Central Road Shop has completed a series of repairs on Gold Creek in preparation for a chip seal application that will take place within the next couple of weeks.

“They initially ground out areas of significant pavement cracking, replaced the deteriorated asphalt with new, and performed asphalt pre-leveling in a few areas to correct crown, longitudinal settling of the pavement surface, and re-establishment of the pavement edge.

“They more recently returned to the same patches and pre-level areas to apply a thin coat of oil and sand.  This is necessary prior to chip sealing to ensure that all voids within the new asphalt areas are sealed. If we do not do this, we lose chip seal oil within the voids of the new asphalt areas, and subsequently do not obtain good capture of the chip seal aggregate when it is applied.”

A chip seal is a form of repaving that involves pouring gravel on a layer of oil, which form an overlay hardened by traffic rolling over it.

Gathered trash in Kitsap’s south end goes uncollected

The in basket: Don Baker e-mailed Oct. 2 to say, “In the spring and summer the county jail sometimes take the good prisoners out to clean up the road sides of trash. I think this is a great idea to make some use of free labor and get the prisoners out for some fresh air and exercise.

“They did that over a month ago along Gold Creek Road  from Mason County into Kitsap County to Lake Tahuyeh and down to Dewatto /Holly Road and the bags of trash they picked up are still laying along the road. Some have been broken open by animals and the trash is all spread around again.

“I would suggest that when they do this.” Don said, “that they put a trailer behind the van that takes the prisoners out and have them pick up the bags and throw them in the trailer on their way back and take the bags to the dump on their way back to the county jail. That would complete the project and make it look like some one was using their heads.”

The out basket: I forwarded his e-mail to Kitsap County Public Works, and before I heard back, Don e-mailed on Oct. 5 that the bags had been cleaned up. Whether the forwarded e-mail prompted the action or it just was handled in the course of events, I don’t know.

Dour Bear of Kitsap public works says, “The Sheriff’s Office runs that program with funding from the Clean Kitsap Program. Generally the inmates do the cleanup during the week and double back to pick up the bags on weekends. Bags are expected to be picked up within seven days. We’ve forwarded the information your reader provided to the Sheriff’s Department.”

I mistakenly sent Don’s e-mail to Mason County first, and, after straightening me out as to which county these roads are in, Mason’s Public Works Director Brian Matthews said, “Mason County also does this type of road cleanup on our county roads with corrections folks, but when we bag it, it gets taken to the dump the same day and disposed.  Our sheriff’s office has a grant to pay the dumping fee.”