|A BEAUTIFULLY SOFT, FEMININE DAWN|
|CONSTRUCTION ON THE RASPBERRY RIVER|
|NEW CULVERT GOING IN|
|ROADBED RAISED, BUT STILL STEEP|
|WAITING FOR THE GUARDRAILS TO BE INSTALLED|
The radio was abuzz with severe thunderstorm warnings yesterday around six PM, but all we got was a large drop or two. We need rain badly but not in the form of a violent storm.
I am happy to see that the bridge (actually huge culvert) over the Raspberry River on Old Hwy. K is open after many weeks of reconstruction. A new culvert was installed and a massive amount of additional fill brought in to make the ravine less deep at that location but the road remains very steep. Environmentally, the rock rip rap along the stream bed looks sufficient and the water will pool more above and below the culvert, slowing runoff (this is a large and often rather volatile water shed leading into Lake Superior). The project is not yet completed although the road is open. The biggest potential problem I see is that raising the roadbed perhaps thirty feet at the bottom of the ravine creates a deadly drop off, particularly in winter when the road can be treacherous. A good system of guardrails is in order, and I hope to see them installed soon. We are avoiding using this stretch of road in the dark until then.
The bridge is still out on nearby Compton Road, but all the routes secondary to Hwy. 13 west of Red Cliff should be open soon.