Road crew prepared for anything

  • Dec. 21, 2011 8:00 p.m.

The crew at O’Brien Road and Bridge Maintenance will be keeping an extra watchful eye on the weather and the ocean this week, as tides will be peaking at 24 feet in the early afternoons of Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. “We are monitoring it,” said quality control manager Greg Stewart. “We post the tide charts on the wall up here… All the high tides are highlighted on each shift.” Weather reports are constantly updated and checked, he said. On days with tides of over 21 feet (that’s every day this week), the O’Brien trucks are equipped with plows so they can push debris off the highway if required, Mr. Stewart said. The company also posts workers and equipment at particularly sensitive sites, like the intersection of Highway 16 and Wiggins Road in Tlell, so they can keep the road clear at high tide. “We’re prepared to deal with anything that comes up,” Mr. Stewart said.