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Driver goes through fresh concrete, causes thousands in damages

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LINN COUNTY (KWWL) - Thousands of dollars of damage was done to a Linn County road after a driver decided to drive through fresh concrete.

"Somebody went around the machine," said  Steve Gannon, Linn County engineer. "Used a driveway to get up onto the pavement, did damage to get up onto this fresh concrete."

The damage was done to a new concrete overlay being put down on Monticello Road in Linn County. It's not your everyday pothole patch -- it's eight inches of new concrete.

"It doesn't happen very often at all," said Gannon. "This should last 50, 60 years."

There are signs warning the road is closed to through traffic, and the county says that it warned people who live there that the paving would be happening and they would lose access for a couple of days.

According to the Linn County Sheriff, the construction crew says the damage is worth $100,000 to $350,000, but the county engineer says only part of the road must be fixed and the rest will have "scars" from the tracks.

He estimates the repairs will cost around $20,000 and they are the responsibility of the contractor, not the county.

The engineer says if there was an emergency on the closed section of roadway, the county would allow for emergency vehicles to drive on the wet pavement and would cover the cost.

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