Following weeks of discussion, the Jones County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution giving the Secondary Roads Office the ability to embargo roads, if it becomes necessary.
Engineer Derek Snead said that the embargo would just be for certain portions of roads and only in the most extreme conditions.
“We do not intend on putting embargoes on any roads…just because we want to keep it nice and pretty. It’s the ones that are…going to be literally destroyed, and you’re probably not going to be able to get your stuff out,” he said. “This just gives a tool to prevent excessive damage that can otherwise be mitigated.”
When asked if there were any roads that would be currently placed under embargo, Snead said he did not think so.
The supervisors approved the measure by a unanimous 4-0 vote. Supervisor Joe Oswald was absent from the meeting.
The resolution passed after a couple of tweaks requested by the supervisors at the previous meeting were included. The resolution has an exemption for livestock and dairy operations. The resolution also limits the embargo to just the spring, whereas the initial resolution had no sunset date.
Despite the time that it took to get the actual resolution passed, it was clear conversation about the road conditions had permeated the area.
“People are listening to what’s going on here. I’ve gotten calls. Several,” Assistant to the Engineer Todd Postel said.
Postel said that one fiber optic company is even holding off on work to give conditions time to improve.