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Worst mud season in years keeps county highway departments busy

(Hannah Shirley) Roads are closed from muddy conditions and messy terrain.

MILL RIVER — It’s not just you — Chuck Loring said he thinks this is the worst mud season since at least 2011.

“That’s what I hear from everybody. It’s the worst they’ve ever seen,” said Loring, the New Marlborough fire chief and highway superintendent.
With 50 percent of New Marlborough’s roads unpaved, he asked for residents’ patience as they do repair work.

He said he often hears people wonder aloud why some roads take longer to get fixed. The reason sounds like something out of Catch-22.

When there’s a particularly bad spot in the middle of a miles-long stretch of road, driving a highway truck out to repair it would destroy the rest of the soft ground all the way out to that point, doing more damage than repair.

That’s when road closures are necessary, Loring explained.

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