Category Archives: Road Maintenance

Dust Control Solution

The Board has approved the use of the mag chloride dust control solution in a test area. This is similar to the product used by Summit County in South Fork, Smith & Morehouse and Thousand Peaks. This solution is sprayed onto the roads, and minimizes or eliminates dust.

As many of you know, this year has been extremely dry and there has been a lot more dust at Beaver Springs. In addition, there has been a lot more wind this year. Dust can cause allergies and other health conditions for animals and people. Dust also makes quite a mess in homes and vehicles. By using this solution we are attempting one more way of making Beaver Springs a more beautiful and enjoyable community for all.

The Board has agreed to test this solution from the gate to the corral, because it is the most used stretch of our roads. In the Fall, the Board will send out a survey to get feedback from everyone in the community.

On Tuesday, August 3rd at 6AM the company will begin the process of preparing the roads for the dust control solution. This will begin approximately at 8AM. This dust control solution can cause damage to cars – similar to salt put on the roads in winter. It is recommended that you DO NOT drive on the roads for 24 hours. If you have to drive on the roads during the initial 24 hours then you should not go over 5 miles per/hr and rinse your vehicle and undercarriage immediately after. After the initial 24 hours, the solution should not have a negative impact on vehicles. 

Construction and Road Damage

Haight Hill has been damaged by oversized construction and contractor vehicles carrying loads that were too heavy to manage on the grade of the hill. The Board is working to get the road repaired as quickly as possible.

In the meantime, all residents should try to avoid Haight Hill – especially if you are bringing in equipment or a heavy load.

It is very important that residents and contractors are aware that vehicles can’t always make it up Height or Mud Hill with extremely heavy loads. Often times multiple loads should be made in order to safely make it up the hills without causing damage. For instance, if your tires are rising off the ground then this is a sign your load is too large. Residents and contractors who cause damage to the roads will be charged – this is in addition to the construction fees collected for normal wear and tear.

As a reminder, BSR began collection construction impact fees in 2020. Please contact the Board if you are working on a renovation project or new build. The information about the fees can be found here: https://beaverspringsranch.com/2020/06/20/construction-impact-fee-reminder/

Dips, Speeding and Dust

As many of you have noticed, the Board has approved the installation of dips in the road along Jim Bridger. These dips will hopefully reduce speeding, and make all residents, visitors and contractors more aware when driving through the neighborhood. We started here, because this is an area where the most drivers travel and it is an easy place to speed. If the speed bumps are successful in mitigating our speeding issue we hope to spread them throughout the community in a systematic way. Please do not install any dips in the roads on your own accord. But, feel free to share your suggestions with the Board. All feedback will be appreciated!

Due to the incredibly early dryness, The Board has also approved the use of Magnesium Chloride (MAG Water) on the roads, which is used by Summit County on the roads leading to Smith and Morehouse, Thousand Peaks and South Fork to mitigate dust in an environmentally friendly way. This will also be a trial, and start from the gate to the corral. Many community members have already offered to pitch in money to get more areas done. However, as with the dips, we need to follow a systematic approach with the goal being to complete the whole neighborhood. Again, all feedback is appreciated.

Lets give a big shout out to Karl Lund for all his work on the dips! And, to Mike Jones for helping us to get moving on the MAG Water! We appreciate community volunteers and input!

Bridge Repair Update

Over the weekend more damage to the bridge occurred. Luckily, the Board had already started the process of researching and creating a plan of action to complete repairs. As of today, lumber has been ordered and will arrive in 7 days. We will keep the community updated on the repair timeline.

For the time being please drive in the center of the bridge when crossing. Also, remind guests and contractors to be slow and careful.

Winter Restrictions Lifted

Winter road restrictions have been lifted. Some areas are still quite soft or snowy and have been coned off. Do not move the cones and drive through these areas! It will cause costly damage to the roads. Here are the continuing limitations:

  • MacKenzie is closed from Hoback to the top of Mud Hill.
  • Parts of lower Escalante are closed.
  • As usual, large trucks and commercial vehicles are still restricted for a couple more weeks (until May 12th).

Update, May 3rd: Mud Hill and Escalante are now open. Please refrain from bringing large trucks and trailers into the neighborhood until after May 11th, as earlier stated.

Gate System Replaced

Due to the perpetual issues with the gate and no discoverable solution by our vendor, our gate vendor replaced the entire system earlier this week at no cost to us. The new system is a higher level of durability and toughness.

Please remember: DO NOT push or pull the gate at any time. In the past, doing so could break the mechanism. With the new system, whatever is pushing or pulling is more likely to break!

To help protect the gate system and the camera which monitors the area, a surge suppressor was installed last Spring.

Additionally, new signs were added this Summer on and around the gate to help remind how to use the gate system. It is now community members’ responsibilities to care for the gate and explain to guests/contractors how the gate works. There is NO reason to actually touch the gate. Pushing it open or shut will be considered a violation and we will hold those accountable when necessary. If you have any questions about the gate or keys, please read through our Gate FAQ first, then contact us, if necessary.

As always, please make sure the gate closes completely behind you before leaving the area. Remember, it will not close if you are over a sensor, but please do not park on the sensors (doing so caused at least one malfunction last month). If the gate does not close on its own, contact us ASAP!

All current key cards, fobs, transmitters, and any temporary PINs should work as usual.

Special thanks to Karl Lund for all his efforts in trying to figure out the issues this Summer, keeping the old system limping along, and helping us get this new system!

Morehouse Road Update

The following is a copy of a letter sent to property owners along Morehouse Road dated 23 July, 2019. The Board would like to share it with everyone for informational purposes.


Dear Beaver Springs Ranch property owners:

The Beaver Springs Association Board would like to take this opportunity to let you know our plan for moving forward in regards to the Morehouse road area. First, thank you to the Crosswhite family for allowing us to use their driveway as a detour. The Board will work with the Crosswhites to repair any damage to their property that results because of this. Second, thank you to everyone affected by the road closure for their patience and “community spirit” as we work through this repair.

There are numerous issues delaying our progress, including a combination of overlapping property rights. The Board is working through all of these issues, with all respective parties, and has an intention of beginning actual repair work on October first. To be specific, Beaver Springs Ranch does not own any property to the south of the road- so relocating the property further onto dry land is not an option. In addition, the bed of the river is owned by another party. This river boundary is (roughly speaking) described as the area between the high-water marks of the river- which now includes the river and rock area where the road used to be. Finally, we should all bear in mind that the Board simply cannot dump fill material into the river without a number of permits, which would be difficult for the Beaver Springs Ranch Association to obtain, because Beaver Springs Ranch is (arguably) not the owner of the property where the road used to be. In short, this is a bit of a mess.

The good news is that the owner of the river bed has agreed to return the river to its approximate course of several years ago and is in the process of obtaining the proper permits. It is his expectation to begin work when the water reaches its annual low point- around the beginning of October. At that time, the road will be returned to (approximately) it’s original location and the shoreline hardened against future erosion.

The Association Board is working hard to ensure this plan comes to fruition, but please understand that many aspects (such as permitting) are out of our control. In the meantime, we thank you again for your patience and would welcome any suggestions to improve the situation. Feel free to contact any Board member for further discussion, but please be patient with us as we are all learning about Utah property and water law as we go. We will do our best to let you know when we have updates.

See you on the Mountain!

Jess Hofberger
On behalf of the Beaver Springs Ranch Association Board


 

Gate Anomalies… Gone!(?)

Through some extensive testing, our gate installer has found an issue in the gate which matches the symptoms we have been seeing for the past month+. They have fixed it and the gate–once more–appears to be working properly. They have also set the gate closer delay time back to normal. If you see any anomalous gate issues, please contact Karl immediately (his number is on the bulletin board at the gate). Thanks!

Gate Update

The vendor is still working out the kinks of the gate. The past three days there has been intermittent success. We did access the cameras last night to find that the gate failed on its own. However, if you see someone misuse the gate please report it to the Board or try to take the opportunity for a polite teaching moment. We will continue to update you all on the progress. New signs and detailed instructions soon to come.