After trying two other locations in a search for rock the county could use for road and other projects, a third attempt resulted in their discovery of a quarry that could last the county for decades.
“This quarry is a big deal,” county commissioner Lynne Oharah said during their visit to the Thomas Quarry Tuesday morning, calling it the “best rock in the county.”
Located near the southern edge of the county, the location also allows the county to provide gravel and rock to that area more easily.
“The location is perfect for hauling in the south part of the county,” presiding commissioner Barbara Albright said.
The county blasted the rock two weeks ago and has since been working on crushing it and screening it into separate sizes as it is prepared for use. The quarry is found on about 160 acres of land and some of the rock stretches to about 26 feet deep or more.
Kenneth Keeney, who lives near the quarry, said he knew the rock was there when other companies came in to install lines or towers and found the hard rock. He now looks forward to having that gravel put on some of the roads in that area.
“You can puts some on mine anytime you want,” Keeney said.
Roads and bridges director Jim Harris said they are currently turning out about 215 tons of rock an hour. Next summer he said they plan to blast some more of the rock.
“This quarry should last our county quite a while,” Albright said.
The commissioners also visited the county landfill, where a new transfer station is being installed to replace the current one, which has grown old and rusty.