Humboldt sups discuss Bradgate road

DAKOTA CITY – Responsibility for maintenance of a road through Bradgate was discussed by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors Monday.

Bradgate Mayor Sandy Elder told the supervisors the shoulder along a stretch of Humboldt County Road C26 has eroded so badly it is causing the road to break up and is creating a safety issue.

Assistant County Engineer Ben Loots said when doing a paving project, the county continues through town as a courtesy but it is the town’s responsibility to maintain the road and towns receive funds from the county for that purpose.

However, with tightening federal regulations the county may have to stop paving through towns, Loots said.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, any town with sidewalks have to be upgraded to ADA standards if you do any improvement in the roadway, he said.

“So the way it is looking if they don’t change those standards we will have to stop at city limits for paving,” Loots said.

Elder said there is quite a drop off along the road. In spots the shoulder is less than a foot wide.

“We don’t have the money to fix this. It is quite a drop-off,” she said. “It’s dangerous. Who is responsible if somebody goes off it?”

Loots said when the paving was done five years ago, 5-foot shoulders were included up to the city limits. From there the shoulders were reduced to 1 1/2 feet to 2 feet.

Widening the shoulders would require 750 tons of dirt and 325 tons of gravel, Elder said.

Whatever the county decides will probably set precedent for other towns, Loots said.

“Something needs to be done to hold the road together,” Supervisor Harlan Hansen said. “If there is an accident there they are not just going to sue Bradgate. We have some liability here and some responsibility to fix a safety issue.”

The board asked Loots to take another look at the problem and come up with some cost estimates to present to the board April 22.