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Road Graders Improving Twin Falls Alleys

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Winter weather can make dirt and gravel roads and alleys rough to drive on. That's why you may see or hear a Twin Falls Streets Department road grader in your alley very soon now.

One sure sign that summer's on the way is road construction, both on streets and in alleys.

Road graders are smoothing out these alleys in Twin Falls. But that's just the first step in a two part process you can expect to see this summer.

Twin Falls Streets Superintedent Deal Littler says, "We've got 630-some lane miles of blacktop road we take care of. There's somewhere around 15 miles of gravel street and alley that we also maintain. That's what we're working on right now."

Little points out city workers usually grade the alleys a couple of times a year. For a couple who lives along the alley, they approve of fixing up the roads.

Marleen Machen says, "I think they're doing a good job, and they need it, 'cause there's quite a bit of traffic that goes through there."

Her husband Fred says, "It looks like the guy knows what he's doing on that motor grader."

If you have something parked in the alley, like an old car or a trailer, please move it out of the way so the road grader can get through. That's because the road grader's blades are about 12 feet wide.

Part two of this process is applying dust guard, which will take place toward the end of this month or early next month.

Littler says, "We apply a salt brine with a rust inhibitor. It helps keep the dust down in the alleys through the summer and into the fall. It holds them together, keeps some of the holes out of it with that, too."

The Machens indicated that they like to take walks in the alleys, so the graded dirt should be nicer on their feet.

May 2, 2013.


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