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Winter road damage repairs in Franklin County

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, WA - This winter has been brutal on all of us; even taking a toll on our roads. Reporter Crystal Garcia checked in with one local county to see how they are fixing damaged streets.

Franklin County Administrator Keith Johnson showed her around to some of the roadways that were damaged and even had to be closed because of winter storm damage...Franklin County alone has about 200 locations of damage.

"Anywhere from significant pothole to some major pavement washouts, road blowouts, a large covert that was designed for drainage that wasn't sufficient for the amount of water that came through," said Johnson.

So it wasn't long before they came across "road closed" signs.

"We'll walk up here, what you can see is some pretty significant damage to the shoulder and pavement of the road," said Johnson.

Right now, county crews are working around the clock, identifying the best way to repair damages...but face infrastructure complications.

"It would appear that if we just dump some gravel and rock in there we might be able to support that road, but if you look closely, that might cave in and fall off," Johnson said. "We don't know yet how much damage has occurred, even when we can't visibly see it, and that requires some professionals to take a look at it."

Professionals are expected to examine the roads next week, continuing the repair efforts.

"Thankfully, we got an excellent crew to identify those areas where there's the most public safety concern...trying to identify where we can get things fixed as quickly as possible to travel the roads safely."

From those 200 spots of road damage in Franklin County, only 25 are causing closures...that number is expected to drop next week.

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