I am writing in response to the Other Voices column that ran Oct. 24, “A little communication could save big $.” The article criticizes Grass Valley for the maintenance of Rattlesnake Road.
Unfortunately, Rattlesnake Road is not maintained by the city of Grass Valley. It is maintained by my organization, Nevada County Public Works Department. The situation described by Mr. Fosburg involves center-line striping, which was obliterated by recent asphalt patches. Due to the chance of inclement weather, we restripe our roads no later than October of each year as we can’t do striping in wet weather or cold temperatures. This approach allows us to enter winter with as bright a stripe as possible, improving visibility during the darkest months. This work is scheduled early in the year with our striping contractor to ensure they are available. However, if there is good weather after the striping is completed, there may be the opportunity to continue doing road maintenance into the winter months. In instances like Rattlesnake Road, the continuing road maintenance work may end up partially obliterating recent striping.
While it appears to be wasted effort, we think this approach is preferable to either delaying the striping into winter weather or delaying the pavement repairs until the following year. While a small portion of the stripe may be obliterated, the visibility of the fresh paint makes the roads safer over the winter months. The obliterated striping will then be completed as part of next year’s striping project. We appreciate the interest in the county’s road system and would invite anyone with questions or concerns to give us a call at (530) 265-1411.
Steve Castleberry is the director of Nevada County Department of Public Works.