Timber Lakes has approximately two miles of paved road and more than 30 miles of gravel road. We strive to maintain these roads and commit a significant portion of our budget to do so. From time to time we will provide you with an update on what we are doing to maintain and improve the roads. You can find our most recent updates here.
March 13, 2020
We are starting to see signs of spring, but we know there will be several more storms requiring road plowing before it turns green again.
The road crew has plowed and salted the asphalt many, many, times this winter. The roads are currently plowed and sides have been pushed back in readiness for the next storms. The road crew has repaired equipment, installed new cutting edges on the plows, fixed chains on trucks, and completed repairs on both the blower and the groomer.
The snowmobile trail has been groomed on a regular basis and we have had a much better adherence of people staying on the groomed right of way to access the forest service property. The road crew has also groomed the sledding hill which has been a great success this winter, with adults, as well as children, enjoying the activity.
We have built a new covered salt containment area at the maintenance building, so it doesn’t get moisture, freeze, and clump up. This makes it better for the spreader to evenly apply the salt.
We are making plans for the spring asphalt projects and getting bids to see what will work in the schedule. The plans this year are to asphalt where we left off last year on Lake Pines, to the top of the hill at Spring Creek, and also asphalting the short lower section of Blue Spruce that didn’t get done last year. We have experienced great results with the pavement on Blue Spruce this year, resulting in a much safer travel experience on this road.
We widened Blazing Star in late November in the effort to direct the snowmobile traffic off of Blue Spruce onto Green Briar and then up Blazing Star as an alternate route for the snowmobiles. This has worked very well. The bypass has been groomed on a weekly or bi-weekly basis depending on usage.
I can’t count how many times the road crew has had to repair the guard gate arms from people destroying them. Deliberately breaking off the arms is a senseless act of vandalism, paid for by all of us.
Thank you to Cameron, Woody, Bret, and Ken for all their hard work and dedication, working long hours, weekends, and holidays.
For the TLPOA Board of Directors,
February 13, 2019
We are currently negotiating with the new property owner of the Bonnie Parkinson trust area, it is the property next to the LDS Church camp property. He has built a fence next to the Church property blocking our access. He has allowed us to take down his fence and use the current snowmobile access through his property. He is not willing to give us a long-term commitment at this time, but only a one-year agreement. Please, please stay within the marked bounders, so we can prove we are good neighbors and he will continue to allow us this access. Please police your guests when using this area. We do not want to lose this access for snowmobiling.
The crew has been busy removing snow from the roads, utilizing our graders, trucks, pickup truck, and snow blower. They work hard to keep the roads open but we still need you to drive safely.
Thank you for taking a little extra time to be equipped with the right tires, chains and vehicles up here in the winter. When someone shows up with inadequate tires and no 4-wheel-drive, they quickly become dangerous, not only to themselves, but to others. Be safe. Be smart. Come prepared. Slow down. Enjoy.
For the TLPOA Board of Directors,
November 3, 2018
The weather is starting to close us down for our summer/fall road work season. All the equipment is being readied for the winter with wing blades, plows, and chains. We have purchased a brand new six-wheel-drive road grader, with a plow, wing blade, and a new option that has a roller/compactor on the rear of the grader. This new grader is doing an excellent job of maintaining the roads and we are very pleased with its performance. We have retained the old grader and will be using it to plow mid-mountain and the west side as needed. This new approach will give us a better option to push the roads wider than the plow trucks were capable of and it gives the availability to use the wing blade to push the snow up and over the banks. We will use the two plow trucks for plowing the asphalt; one will be readied with salt and the other with chips, for those slippery conditions.