Repairs to weather-damaged roads coming together

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Roads throughout Mohave County took a beating during the last set of storms. Mohave County Public Works’ Steve Latoski says the deparment is doing its best to repair the damage.

Courtesy<BR> Roads throughout Mohave County took a beating during the last set of storms. Mohave County Public Works’ Steve Latoski says the deparment is doing its best to repair the damage.

KINGMAN - Recent rains washed out roads in Golden Valley, Valle Vista and other parts of the county, and workers are doing their best to repair the damage, Mohave County Public Works Director Steve Latoski said.

Public Works responded in a "comprehensive manner delivering stellar service" to a number of areas at various times during last weekend's storms, Latoski said.

More than 20 road maintenance workers were sent to Golden Valley, Valle Vista, Hackberry, Mohave Valley, Golden Shores, Yucca and the Arizona Strip.

Residents in the rural communities complained to the Daily Miner about road conditions and wondered when they would see grading equipment on the job.

"I went to the county and they said, 'We'll get to it when we can,'" Valley Vista resident John Danyow said. "They finally got to our road on Wednesday. That was over a week after the storm."

He said portions of east Brooks Boulevard were washed out and rutted. It took the county six hours of grading to fix it, and it's still not in good condition.

"There's still a lot of soft sand and it's bumpy in some places," Danyow said. "I know it was passable, but anyone who didn't know the road could have a bad accident if they were not careful."

He called Mohave County Sheriff's Office to check on the safety of the road, but got no response. They should post signs warning of the road danger, he suggested.

Latoski said Public Works' response was coordinated with electronic updates from the county's flood control alert system and direct communication with the National Weather Service about the last of Hurricane Dolores' weather pattern.

Staff responded with "great motivation in providing service above and beyond what may be expected from an agency maintaining weekday business hours," Latoski said.

Steve Mitchell, Golden Valley resident and business owner, said local residents face a challenge getting over some of the roads until the county repairs the storm damage.

One road suffered a three-foot "cut" into what was a good road prior to the last round of storms, Mitchell said.

Latoski said he appreciates residents bringing those conditions to his attention, which allows him to size up the situation and respond accordingly.

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