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COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Highway Department is laying out plans for their summer sealing program and the continuation of dust control efforts.
â€śItâ€™s when we get the most calls,â€ť said Mike Barton, highway department superintendent. â€śThey want to know which roads will be done first and second and if there are roads that are going to be done at all.â€ť
â€śWeâ€™ll go out, and especially the roads weâ€™ve milled, we want to get them out of any possible dust theyâ€™ve seen since last fall,â€ť said Barton.
Barton said the Highway Department has not seen as much dust on the roads as they expected.
â€śThose roads have some calcium chloride built into them to help make them hard, and it also takes the dust away,â€ť said Barton.
Mainly what the department will be doing this year is going back after all the roads they double sealed in 2009-10.
As far as working on single seals, Barton said there are about 70 miles of road.
â€śItâ€™s a good year,â€ť said Barton. â€śIt is less than what weâ€™ve been doing, but those years we were just way ahead on, and this 70 is still a real good one I think.â€ť