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Road Conditions are Bad in Brown County

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Heavy traffic combined with one of the wettest summers Brown County has ever seen, is getting the blame for the bad county roads.

"When they've been dry they've had the ability to bare the load," County Commissioner, Mike Weise said. "Well since its this wet and as saturated as it is the base in some places it has turned into a slurry."

When these roads were built, decades ago, they did not have a sufficient base. And without a proper foundation all the county can do is keep patching things up.

"We've been trying to maintain over 500 miles of asphalt road in Brown County, Weise said. "Which is more than double any county in the state, with a very small budget."

Because Brown County is so big and spread out, they are having a hard time keeping up with maintenance on all these roads

"We are pretty much treading water as best as we possibly can," Weise said. "but I mean there's a lot of folks that are in the same situation. It's difficult though because we are dealing with public safety and transportation."

The residents in Brown County are frustrated, but at least one person is trying to stay positive.

"Everybody has the same problem and they can only do so much," Brown County resident, Ellen Dinger said. "And I think they are doing a good job."

They admittedly will not be finished with everything they want to do before winter starts. And when the snow melts next spring the vicious cycle will start again.

Residents are encouraged to contact the county if they have any questions or concerns about the roads near they're house. A map of the different construction can also be found on they county's web site, which you can get to by clicking the link.

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