Frustrated Road Crews Leave Alderpoint Road Unfinished After ‘Sabotage’
The crew had left the truck with its lights on in the work zone but around the corner from where they were currently working when someone broke out its back window.
Finch said that this was not the only issue they have had on Alderpoint Road. “Last year, we had people blowing through our flaggers’ stop signs and yelling,” he said. “One [county crew member] got spit on. Lots of people that wanted to get out of their car and fight.” Eventually, Finch said that they had to ask a California Highway Patrol car to cruise the area while they were working to keep the behavior of drivers from being so confrontational.
Not only does the crew feel unsafe but, it will take two weeks and $365 to get the truck fixed.
The truck pulled the tank which carries the oil that helps small bits of gravel adhere to the road surface. “If we can’t get another, then we can’t hot mix for two weeks,” Finch explained. This could affect not only Alderpoint Road but other rural roads slated for resurfacing.
“I get a ton of calls and Facebook posts from people wanting us to work on Alderpiont Road,” said Second District Supervisor Estelle Fennell. “But this act of sabotage…is going to cost the county to be fixing the truck. I’d rather be spending the money to fix potholes.”