Road Updates

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.

Updates

February 12, 2021

The following is an excerpt from LIVING IN THE MOUNTAINS, which was written as a handbook for existing, new, or potential property owners, with the hope of informing you ahead of time of the differences you face when you do not live in a city with city services. Please take the time to read all of the handbook. It can be found on our website at https://timberlakesutah.com/mountain-living/. I would like to add that Mother Nature plays a large role in the maintenance of our mountain and we are at her mercy, with strong winds that knock down trees and block access, torrential thunderstorms that wash out the roads, or winter snow blizzards that last for days. Our road crew are always diligently working to keep our mountain safe and navigable.

Roads and Access The roads in Timber Lakes are private roads owned by the TLPOA. There are over 30 miles of gravel roads within the subdivision. The Association has started a road improvement effort to bring the roads to a traveled surface of twenty-feet wide with four foot bar-ditches. Because of the significant elevation change from the entrance to the upper-end, many of the roads are steep and narrow. The fact that you can drive to your property today does not necessarily guarantee that you, your guests or even emergency service vehicles (the Sheriff, an ambulance, a fire truck) can get there 100 % of the time due to storms and other local climate changes. Please consider the following: • You drive at your own risk in Timber Lakes. • Unpaved roads often “washboard” when dry and dusty, and become muddy and slippery when wet. You may experience an increase in vehicle maintenance costs when you regularly travel on rural roads. • Gravel roads generate dust. The Association does not treat all the roads to suppress dust. You should keep this in mind when purchasing property or planning to build along gravel roads. • In extreme winter weather, some roads may become impassable. You may need a four-wheel drive vehicle, snow tires and/or chains, and perhaps even another mode of transportation to travel under those conditions. Living in a rural area means developing special driving skills and good judgment. Driving off the road to avoid bad road sections can make a situation worse, tearing up road banks and accelerating erosion. (Don’t do it!) • Chains or 4-wheel drive are required on all snow-packed roads. • The Association does plow all roads during the winter months. Snow removal is divided into five priority groups. The paved portion of Lakes Pines is generally first to be plowed. The second priority will be Blue Spruce Drive and the third priority will be Ridge Line Drive. The fourth priority will be the remaining roads, which will be cleared as time and staff are available. During times of heavy snowfall or equipment problems the fourth and fifth priority level roads may not be plowed for several days. Keeping in mind that your road may not be plowed by the time you need to leave for work or school, you should have appropriate contingency plans in place. • It is not unusual for the snowplow to block your driveway with snow as it passes by. As it is in the city, it is your responsibility to clear your own driveway. Pushing the snow from your driveway into the main road is against the property owners’ rules. • Response times for emergency services cannot be guaranteed. Under some conditions, you may find that emergency response is extremely slow due to circumstances beyond the control of emergency service providers. Learn to solve your own problems. Costs are kept down by the willingness of the members to go without many things suburban and urban people regard as necessities. Rural people cherish their independence and are willing to take care of their own needs.

For the TLPOA Board of Directors,
Gordon Huetter

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,
Gordon Huetter

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