ORLEANS CO. - Ah, spring! Time for robins, green grass, warmer weather and - mud.
The severity of mud season this year seems to be dependent on where you go. Some motorists are finding themselves up to their hubs in mud and needing tows while others are making the pass with ease.
â€śWe certainly have our share of muddy back roads this season, thatâ€™s for sure,â€ť said Charleston Selectman Dean Bennett. However, he wouldnâ€™tgo so far as to say itâ€™s any worse than previous years. â€śIt just came a little earlier.â€ť
Several warm days in a row opened up more areas a bit earlier than normal, but most of them would have been a problem at one time or another.
A few people on the Hudson Road got stuck, Bennett said. â€śWe had a major sink hole we fixed over there late Friday,â€ť he said.
Bennett has not heard of any vehicle damage caused by being stuck in the mud.
Road crews are trying to clean up the soupy spots. They want to put down crushed stone and cap it.
â€śWeâ€™re behind the eight ball right now on it,â€ť said Bennett. â€śWeâ€™re going to attack every hole as quickly as we can get to it. If people are patient, weâ€™re on our way, but we canâ€™t be everywhere at once.â€ť
Roads in Derby are passable and, as of Tuesday, they havenâ€™t been bad enough to close. Terry Tice, Derby road foreman, said last weekâ€™s warm temperatures made the frost come out too fast.
â€śIâ€™ve seen it a lot worse years and years ago,â€ť said Tice. â€śWeâ€™ve kept everything passable.â€ť
Tice said he heard that someone got stuck in the mud by Salem View Heights, but feels it may have been operator error.
Newport Center Roads are perfect, said road commissioner Fred Barraw. This he credits to road crews putting down gravel, using chloride, making drainage ditches and other summer maintenance.