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FALL RIVER COUNTY- The Fall River County Commission discussed the future of Old Highway 79 in their July 16 meeting. 

The former state highway is a paved road but is falling into disrepair with pot holes. 

The Commission heard input from the community, particularly those who live near the road on what should be done about the situation. 

Many expressed they wanted to see the road patched or repaved. Ken Oechsle said part of his decision to move to a home on Old 79 was because of the paved road. 

Other residents expressed concerns about dust if the road were to be turned into a gravel road. 

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Tom Mertz of Loiseau Construction Gary Syverson of Team Lab were present to at the meeting to inform the Commission about Team Lab's product, BASE ONE. 

They explained their product was a stabilizing agent that could be added to road base surfaces to enhance the strength, stability and durability of unpaved roads at a fraction of the cost of paving a road and with less maintenance than a traditional gravel road. 

They added that part of the reason Old 79 was probably failing was the base layer under the asphalt, because heavier vehicles utilize the road now compared to when the road was originally constructed.  

After discussion, the commission ultimately authorized the temporary patching of the existing road surface to improve safety and pursue the BASE ONE solution next year. 

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