A Good Investment
In 1969, the Jackson County Road Commission purchased several new trucks, scrapers and plows to increase Jackson County’s snow and ice control fleet. The Commission added twelve new plows that year. With continued upkeep, the Jackson County Department of Transportation is still using those twelve plows today. Over the years, our crews have performed any required fabrication, sandblasting, and painting to protect against corrosion, and to preserve the integrity of the plows. A 1969 receipt lists the average plow cost approximately $2,000. Today, the cost for a fixed, one way plow is $6,114.00. That is what we like to call a solid investment.
Green Lights on Maintenance Vehicles
Jackson County residents will be seeing some new green lights soon, and they won’t be holiday decorations. To improve the safety of our drivers and motorists, Jackson County Department of Transportation has joined other municipal transportation agencies in installing green strobe lights on our maintenance vehicles. Most of our vehicles will use a combination of amber and green lights, which will differentiate them from other emergency and service vehicles.
According to JCDOT Managing Director Christopher Bolt, “The flashing light patterns you will see are very distinctive and are clearly not traffic signals. Green is one of the most visible colors to our eyes at night. Green LEDs are very visible over a long distance, effectively cutting through fog, snow, and rain. Other states have been experimenting with these with positive impacts on visibility, and the overall safety of maintenance workers and equipment. The Jackson County Department of Transportation is a leader in safety initiatives like this, and you will soon see these green lights statewide.”
This photo was provided by the County Road Association.