Don Colton comments:
On the morning of Feb 20, as he was going to work, Melvin's truck broke through the roadway above the culvert that carries Berkshire Slough under what we are calling Rosewold Lane. Clearly Melvin is not to blame for the cave in. Much heavier trucks had traversed the bridge many times recently, including fully laden cement trucks. But there has been substantial rain and snow in the past week or two, probably leading to the erosion that resulted in the cave-in.
Our best guess is that by removing the top layer and filling in around the culvert with 3-inch rock, we will have a mostly-permanent solution, although it would be nice to have a reconstructed concrete bridge. That is probably not going to happen. Too expensive. We guess a load of 3-inch rock would probably be only about $300.
Victor Wright comments:
Immediate emergency fix is to break the remaining asphalt and dump a load of 3 inch in there.
Its hollow underneath the three inches of asphalt. To fix would be best to pour a concrete retaining wall with curb over the culvert then crush what's left of the asphalt and fill with 3 inch rock. The retaining wall will keep the rock in place and prevent erosion. Its good for now untill the remaining side breaks.
I just wanted to mention that the sink hole was most likely from recent rains as the culvert is huge. I'm sure the rock under the asphalt has been settling for some time and the asphalt became a bridge. I had no idea it was ever paved! It just kept sinking and when Melvin drove over with his truck it broke through. Thankfully it held for the concrete and truss trucks!
Donn Rowe comments:
As I remember, before I dig through the documents; the State of Oregon Owns the access up to the "bridge". Then it goes onto private property and the easement. There is no maintenance agreement that I found. So you are in a position to get the 3 parties and decide how to do the maintenance. Have you discussed with them? It is not a county road though they do have an additional easement to the rock pit at the north end of the road. You might contact them to see if they want to give you some rock (based on their easement).
One other option: Call into or visit in person the ODOT Road Maintenance office in Goshen. Local concerns can get high priority. The best estimate is the State of Oregon, highway 58, owns to the center of the slough. Maybe the neighbor up front by hwy. 58 would know who rebuilt the bridge/culvert over the slough. good luck.
Lois Colton comments:
In book 230 page 486 LCDR It says that the State of Oregon acquired the road south of the slough to Hwy 58. CSF #11913 and 12445 have a "right of way". Someplace I saw a map (pre power lines, I think) that have a road going north of Hwy 58 and about the place of Lawson's north property, the road divides into two and both road curve east and north east. I wish I could find that map again.
There's a gas line that runs through there someplace.
Joseph Colton comments:
Chuck says the backhoe can easily break the asphalt that is still there. If I can find a supplier of 3 inch gravel then I can break the asphalt and pour gravel over the top.
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