The Davis County Supervisors took measures Monday morning to ask the Amish community’s cooperation in stopping horseshoe damage to 180th Street west of Drakesville.
A several-mile stretch of the road was recently repaved at a cost of $871,000 — a project the supervisors say they can afford only once every three to five years.
The road was scheduled to be resurfaced in 2023, but, because of rapid deterioration, it was moved to the top of the paving schedule and the project was completed in late 2020.
A letter from the Davis County Supervisors and Davis County Engineer Ryan Schock to the Amish community, which was approved Monday, stated, “Before repaving 180th Street, it was quite obvious that one of the major reasons that it had deteriorated so rapidly, was due to the heavy horse and buggy traffic it endures.
“Sadly, just two short weeks after the repaving project on 180th Street was completed, damage caused by the horse and buggy traffic could already be observed.”
The letter went on to state the damage seems to be caused by the way some are applying Drill Tec — in particular coarse Drill Tec — to horseshoes. (Drill Tec is used to create traction and lessen wear on horseshoes.)
“Some of the horseshoes have large, concentrated clumps of Drill Tec applied at the top of each shoe as well as on the bottom of each side of the shoe,” the letter states. “That method of applying Drill Tec to horseshoes is very bad for our roads as is the use of coarse grade Drill Tec. Repeated traffic of horses outfitted with such horseshoes causes significant rutting of the road over time.”
After performing research on the topic, the supervisors and Schock believe damage could be reduced if the Amish would use fine or medium grade Drill Tec. The supervisors also suggested the Drill Tec be spread out evenly over the shoes rather than being concentrated in large clumps.
The supervisors went on to recommend the use of fine grade Drill Tec during months when there is no snow or ice on road surfaces and fine or medium grade Drill Tec during the months when snow and ice are present.
“We believe these measures will help minimize the damage to our paved roads so that we can extend their useful life as long as possible,” the letter stated.
The supervisors and Schock say they are continuing to research other alternatives to the horseshoes currently being used. “We will update you (the Amish community) when and if we find a product that is not only cost-efficient, but that is also shown to cause less damage to our roads while simultaneously providing your horses the traction that they need,” the letter continues.
“As always, we will continue to monitor our roads and hope to see less damage in the future. We believe we will if members of your commun9ty ijmpoement the measures laid out above.”
The letter was signed by Matt Greiner, Chairman of the Davis County Board of Supervisors, and Ryan Schock, Davis County Engineer.