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Road slips putting strain on resources in Jefferson County

Jefferson County has more this year than most years, including a monster on County Road 1 just west of Glenn Robbins.

Road slips are a danger to the public and a strain on county resources.

This year, Jefferson County is seeing more than usual.

Nicholas Christofferson has seen the orange barells -- and the slips they guard -- as he ministers to folks in Jefferson County.

And he knows what a hazard they could be for drivers.

“The biggest thing I think about it is the windy roads,” he said. “People are coming through there, and they're going fast and they're not slowing down sometimes.”

You may have seen slips too. Jefferson County has more this year than most years, including a monster on County Road 1 just west of Glenn Robbins.

According to county engineer Jim Branagan, a "few" slips a year is common.

In 2018, there have been about a dozen.

“Slips are top priority,” Branagan said. “We feel there a safety issue, and they have to be taken care of this soon as you can.”

A slip repair requires the road to be closed, and is quite costly, about $100,000 to a quarter million dollars each, although some even exceed that estimate.

More slip repairs mean other projects may have to wait.

Branagan explained terrain, type of soil, and moisture are the three factors that contribute to slips.

And this year there's been more moisture, leading to the increase.

“I've been doing this for 30 years you just get through it that's all,” Branagan said.

The repair on County Road 1 is expected next week.

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