The grass has grown back, but the guard rail posts that
were burned in the fires are missing.
In March wildfires burned more than 400,000 acres in Clark
County, killing livestock, destroying homes and threatening the community of
Ashland. KDOT crews pitched in, closing roads and helping wherever they
could. Today, almost four months later, fences have been repaired, signs
replaced, wheat cut and pastures are green again.
Much still remains to be done, though, including guard rail
replacement and repair in 17 different locations along K-34 and U.S. 160 in
Clark County. Many of the treated wood posts holding the guard rail were
more than 30 years old and they burned quickly, leaving guard rails literally
hanging by a bolt or two. Some of the locations require guard rail
replacement or repair on just one side of the road, but many require replacement
on both sides.
Collins & Hermann of St. Louis, Mo., is the contractor on
this $325,000 project.
Above and below, work is underway to replace the guard rail and the posts.