Repair damaged roads

Reading the story about the Butte County roads being destroyed by a gravel hauling company from a pit near Newell. It says the roads are destroyed because the gravel company will not “deal” with a haul agreement. 

Why allow them to continue to haul over the roads at all then? Seems those that have heavy equipment like large semi-trucks and singles should either be required to continually repair and replace the destroyed areas or place a significant bond with the county before being allowed to move a truck on the roads. They have no incentive to be a “good neighbor” it appears on their own. 

Requirements should be made or the same thing happens as did on the gas/oil drill in northwest South Dakota where only a minimal bond was required. Our bridges need work. 

Don’t let outsiders ruin what’s left so locals can’t travel.

Lynn Hammerstrom,

Belle Fourche 

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