The Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors has started a county-wide blanket embargo focused on gravel roads.
The measure would restrict travel for vehicles over six tons on the county's secondary roads.
In a resolution passed last week, county engineer Jon Ites would have the authority to close roads in danger of serious damage due to melting snow.
The thawing that has occurred has already seriously affected several secondary roads throughout the county, Ites said.
"There's some high traffic roads around every town," he said.
One example is the gravel road that connects C-49 with Hwy. 7 at the intersection with Hwy. 110.
"That gravel carries a lot of truck traffic," Ites said. "There can be serious damage to the road in a real short amount of time. Most of the ones we're concerned about can potentially carry an awful lot of truck traffic."
The embargo will affect any road where rain, snow or other weather conditions are causing deterioration or damage.
Farm tractors would be excluded under the resolution. The county engineer may exempt other vehicles if there is a need to move farm produce, feed or home heating fuel.
Read the rest of this story in the 3/13 Pilot Tribune.