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  • Storm slows work on 238

  • Last fall Jackson County road crews bladed the side of the road on Highway 238W into the Applegate valley. We now have very clean drainage ditches. Unfortunately, from the junction at Wagon Trail Drive to Cady Road, they took down the headlight reflectors on the side of the road. They were tossed on the side of the hill and a...
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  • Last fall Jackson County road crews bladed the side of the road on Highway 238W into the Applegate valley. We now have very clean drainage ditches. Unfortunately, from the junction at Wagon Trail Drive to Cady Road, they took down the headlight reflectors on the side of the road. They were tossed on the side of the hill and are still there. Will Jackson County be putting them back up soon? They come in real handy during those dark and foggy nights.
    — Bob W., Jacksonville.
    Bob, the shoulder delineators along Highway 238 that were pulled before the December snow storm were reinstalled in February, according to an Oregon Department of Transportation official.
    Perhaps you've caught their gleam already.
    Jackson County road crews pull the reflector posts every time the road grader comes through, said ODOT spokesman Gary Leaming. Then they're supposed to put them back up.
    "They should have been installed shortly after the shoulders were pulled, but they weren't so we own that," he said. "The storm played a role in that, too, but that's no excuse. They should have been reinstalled sooner than they were."
    In about a month, street sweepers will dust off the recessed pavement markers along the centerline of Highway 238 which also will help to define the road.
    When crews winterize the road, the indentations often fill with sand, making them less visible. ODOT doesn't use raised buttons, because they would get scraped off the road by the snowplows, Leaming said. They also don't clean the indentations out during the winter, because they would just refill the as soon as sand is reapplied.
    "It doesn't make sense to sweep it all out and then resand," he said. "It's still winter."
    Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by e-mail to youasked@mailtribune.com. We're sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.
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