Trail Creek smoothed over
$46,000 project will make Trail Creek
Road easier to drive
By GREG STAHL
Express Staff Writer
With any luck, Trail Creek Roadís
reputation for puncturing tires is being deflated this month.
Crews over the last two weeks worked their
way over the historic road surface, driving a massive tractor equipped with an
attachment that crushes rocks and compacted dirt to reform the road surface with
instant, on-site gravel.
Crews are working this month to recycle
and re-grade the surface of Trail Creek Road. Express photo by David N.
In effect, the so-called linear crusher
recycles the old road surface, which was strewn with boulders and
"Thatís our star performer," said Sid
Clark, owner of St. Maries-based Roadtech Inc. "Itís a real cost effective
The northern Idaho company is contracting
for Blaine County on the project, which covers the steep sections of dirt and
rock road that climbs to Trail Creek Summit and the Blaine County line. The end
result should be a well graded, gravely road that can be easily maintained and
will be friendlier to car and truck tires.
"What we try to do is make a maintainable
surface," Clark said.
After the linear crusher passes, leaving a
row of gravel in its wake, road graders and steamrollers flattened the road
surface. Crews graded the material so that water and snow runoff will drain to
the uphill side of the road, where drainage pipes will be installed in key
locations, Clark said.
Blaine County Road and Bridge
Superintendent Dale Shappee said the goal of the $46,000 project is to improve
the 2.7 miles of dirt and gravel driving surface.