Roads

1. Introduction:
There are 10.3 miles of gravel roads and 0.7 miles of paved roads administered by the Town of French. Some of these roads provide primary access to properties, while others see more recreational use.

2. Goal:
The goal of the Town Board is to provide a safe and relatively smooth driving surface, while maintaining the rural characteristics of the local road system.

3. Road Inventory
Gravel Roads – Primary purpose is access to properties:
Bay City Road – 0.5 mi. Boldt Road – 0.6 mi Erickson Road – 0.3 mi.
Jaranson Road – 0.5 mi. Libke Road – 0.5 mi. Mark Lake Road – 0.6 mi.
Pine Tree Road – 1.1 mi. Sellars Road – 0.8 mi. Sunset Lane – 0.4 mi.
Trestle Lake Road – 0.5 mi. Luna Lake Rd. – 1 mi.

Gravel Roads – Primary use is recreational in nature:
Dean Road – 1.0 mi. McCarthy Beach Road – 1.5 mi.
Snake Trail – 1.0 mi. (Double-Lane Forest Road)

Paved Road:
Belschner Road – 0.7 mi.

4. Grading:
The township owns a grader and hires an operator to grade several of the gravel roads that serve as access to properties.

5. Calcium Chloride:
The Township began a program of applying chloride to the gravel roads in 1997. This treatment helps to keep the “fines” in tact on the roadway. This reduces dust during the summer months and keeps the binder in the gravel material, prolonging the useful lifetime of the surface.

6. Roadside Mowing:
The roadsides are mowed by a contractor during July or August most years (note: the roadside mowing was performed in 2011, was not done in 2012, and will be scheduled for 2013). This maintenance improves visibility and guards against the establishment of stands of brush and tree species within 8 feet of roadway edges.

7. Gravel / Ditching / Culverts:
Road are prioritized annually for maintenance projects. A contractor is hired to replace culverts, ditch, and haul gravel. The Township grader is used in conjunction with private equipment during these improvement projects.
The Township owns a stockpile of gravel at the Steve Johnson gravel pit.

8. Snow Removal:
The Township contracts with St. Louis County to provide snow removal services on all roads.

9. Budget:
Levy for 2012 – $35,000 (remains the same for 2013)
Receipts in 2012 – $40,553.83
Disbursements in 2012 – $41,120.17
($ 566.34)
Balance of R&B account on January 1, 2012 = $16,581.56
Balance of R&B account on December 31, 2012 = $16,015.22
Balance of R&B savings account on December 31, 2012 = $70,000

10. Maintenance Projects in 2012:
Minimal gravel was dispensed during 2012. The Town’s grader (and operator) were deployed, throughout the Spring through Fall, to maintain the gravel roads and prep for chloride. We had several larger projects: culvert replacement, (Mark Lake Rd., Jaranson, Rd., and Belschner Rd.) which involved additional gravel and ditch grading. Crack-sealing was performed on Belschner Rd. We also needed to replace tires on the grader. All gravel roads received chloride treatment.

11. Proposed projects for 2013:
Since the gravel reserves for the Town Roads has been replenished, We will, once again, be setting a schedule to provide gravel lifts and grading of Township Roads, as necessary. We will contract roadside mowing this Summer. We have also completed a mandated plan for replacing Township Road signage with the new, highly reflective signs; we await further implementation instructions from DOT.