Okaloosa County road graders slowed by lack of rain

A lack of rain in recent weeks has slowed Okaloosa County road graders down; however, the county says all efforts are being made to get dirt roads in the northwestern part of the county graded. (WJHG/WECP)

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Road graders in Okaloosa County are facing some difficulties due to a lack of rainfall in the area.

Officials say the task of grading dirt roads in the northwestern portions of the county has become more difficult. They tell us these roads have become dusty and are prone to what they call a wash-boarding effect, making driving on the roads, even at slow speeds, a very uncomfortable experience.

Okaloosa County Roads Division Employee Robert Vandenbroeck says driving on the roads only makes the problem worse. "Wash-boarding of the roads can begin with something as small as a minor drive-wheel slip," said Vandenbroeck. "As traffic continues through the day, the problem is on exacerbated."

The county wants residents to know every effort is being made to grade these dirt roads. Graders are currently running on their normal schedule.

In addition to rainfall helping with the situation, Commissioner Nathan Boyles said, "The ultimate solution to rough dirt roads, especially during ultra-dry or wet periods is to get those roads paved," said Boyles. "Until then, county staff will work as hard as possible to make conditions bearable and the rest of us should be doing a little rain dance."

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