Road grading allowed to resume following recent rains

Posted at 2:16 PM, Jul 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-27 16:16:57-04

The El Paso County Department of Public Works announced Friday that grading on rural gravel roads will start back up again following a lengthy delay due to extremely dry conditions.

The Department of Public Works said drivers will work overtime in order to perform maintenance on roads.

The county said the dry conditions did not allow for graders to make lasting repairs to smooth out bumps on gravel roads. Workers said even when graders appeared to be making a difference, the bumps would return several hours later and grading under those conditions would have damaged the roads.

Road grading was suspended in June and July. At that time, the county was under severe drought conditions. The NOAA drought monitor map has not been updated since July 24.