I have a concern about our specific road that I am sure is not uncommon for the State of Washington. I see nothing related to my concerns in any of the legislation or literature I have read,and wonder if it is something that can be addressed in this instance? Can this type of thing be added to an agreement?
A loaded cement truck weighs up to 70,000 pounds.
A loaded log truck weighs up to 80,000 pounds.
A loaded Motor Home (Greyhound bus size) weigh up to 45,000 pounds.
A bit of Association history. Our Road Association is compromised of 11 current homes on 2.5 to 19.61 acre parcels each, One 5 acre unimproved parcel, and two 88 acre parcels at the very top of our 1/2 mile paved road that are both timber producing properties. Our property owners agreed to pay equal amounts for their annual dues. Only 2 of these are at present in the District Court for Small Claims.
A bit of road history. the original road was wood, and later a gravel logging road. In 1998 the property Owners paid to have a good paved road built with chip-seal technology. That held up well with regular maintanence until one of the timber properties was logged in 2005. We paid for a new layer of chip-seal in 2007, but unforseen damage from the weight of the heavy trucks took a toll (portions sinking due to unseen understructure damage). We have tried to talk with the timber property owners about our concerns. They insist that the road should hold the weight as it used to be a logging road, and insist that the construction vehicles used through the years are the problem. They say they would rather the road be gravel anyway. We do not want to be in a situation to have to sue them each time they log their property. Our road needs a new resurface and complete rebuild in some sections in order to keep the substructure from more damage. The cost for this is over 40 thousand dollars. We do not have this type of money currently but need to stop any further damage to the road.
If a majority of the property owners agree, could they impose a weight limit on the road to be posted?
Can they make the heavy hauling owner have a pre and post inspection for damages by qualified road engineer?
Can the property owners require a retainer for repairs prior to the use?
I don't know if this is the venue to address these issues, but I am sure it is a problem for a lot of Private Roads.
Thank you for your time.