HUTCHINSON COUNTY, S.D. (KELO) — The recent snow and flooding have also taken a toll on gravel roads in several counties.
This is a common sight on some South Dakota roads. Joel Baumiller has been the superintendent of the Hutchinson County Highway Department for about 6 years.
“I’ve never seen it like this. It got cold and then it warmed up and the frost went down deeper and that’s why we’re having these major problems on roads right now,” Buamiller said.
Several blacktop roads in the county are experiencing break ups. The gravel roads are so soft right now, authorities are urging people not to drive on them.
“A lot of them got water over them yet and a lot of them are just tracks, mud pushed up from the bottom and they’re basically shot right now,” Baumiller said.
And these conditions could cause problems into the future.
“We had plans on eight to 12 miles of asphalt this year, well that’s all going to be out because we will be fixing most of the year and hopefully the water is gone on some of these roads that we can fix it,” Baumiller said.
Which is why Baumiller is asking this of drivers.
“If you don’t have to be on them, we’d encourage you not to be on them,” Baumiller said.
Baumiller says during the last snow storm, crews couldn’t make it out to clear the roads because of the conditions.