Chain gang working hard in Clallam County

PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office Chain Gang picked up 100 pounds of roadside litter from two miles of Gasman Road, 140 pounds of roadside litter from three miles of the Tumwater Truck Route, 200 pounds of roadside litter from six miles of Black Diamond Road, 200 pounds of roadside litter from one mile of Ennis Creek, 100 pounds of roadside litter from one mile of North Baker Street, 120 pounds of roadside litter from one mile of Gales Street and 180 pounds of roadside litter from two miles of Deer Park Road during the week of Nov. 25-29.

Notable items found along the roadways include three tires, four tents, four tarps, a machete, a knife, wood fencing, a Barbie jeep, a microwave, four TVs, two propane tanks, clothing, blankets, a trash picker, ten needles, a metal bucket, two bed springs, two metal chairs, a couch, and exercise bike and a mattress.

Crew members cleaned up 550 pounds of litter from two illegal dumpsites on the Verne Samuelson Trail, 710 pounds of litter from three illegal dumpsites on Tumwater Valley, 150 pounds of litter from an illegal dumpsite on School House Point Road, 1200 pounds of litter from four illegal dumpsites on Taylor Cut-off Road, 30 pounds of litter from an illegal dumpsite in the Deer Park rest area, 800 pounds of litter from four illegal dumpsites on Little River Road, 100 pounds of litter from an illegal dumpsite on on Sieberts Creek, 500 pounds of litter from two illegal dumpsites on Deer Park Road and 480 pounds of litter from an illegal dumpsite on Black Diamond Road.

Crew members assisted the county Roads Division by filling sandbags at the county shop in Forks.

Crew members removed downed trees and limbs from Mary Clark, East Lake Pleasant, Pavel, Hot Springs, Herrick, Old State, South Shore, East Beach, Joyce-Piedmont, Crescent Beach, Camp Hayden, Wasankari, Liljedahl, Grauel-Ramapo, Palo Alto, Eden Valley, Dan Kelly, Karpen, Old Mill, Henery Boyd, Mount Pleasant, Dietz, Blue Mountain and North Brook Roads as well from the Spruce Railroad Trail, Whiskey Creek, and the East Lyre River.

Crew members widened the ditch on West Bluff Drive and hauled away the dirt and sod.

Crew members spread and compacted asphalt on U.S. Highway 101 and Pine Street.

So far this year, the chain gang has cleaned 374.45 miles of roadway, picked up 20,080 pounds of roadside litter, picked up 193,880 pounds of illegal dumpsite litter, recycled 320 pounds of aluminum, trimmed 94,358 feet of guardrail, pulled or sprayed approximately 31,580 Scotch broom plants and brushed 12.5 miles of county right-of-way.

For the Forest Service, the chain gang has so far this year cleaned 11.1 miles of forest service roads or trails.

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