Potholes There for a Reason

AUGUST 22, 2006 -- POSTED AT 9:30 P.M. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- If you go to the NEA District Fair each year, you know all about that bumpy road that runs through the fairgrounds. It's the main drag during the fair, but the rest of the year, it's a shortcut. People use it as a shortcut between Stadium Drive and Fair Park Boulevard, but the huge potholes on the gravel section of the road will rattle your teeth. The catch, however is that the City of Jonesboro can't do anything about it.

"People are using it as a shortcut from Stadium Boulevard to Fair Park to go around the stop lights and things of that nature, which we don't have a problem with people using our road, if they would use it responsibly," says Jerry Reece, the general manager of the fairgrounds.

But that request doesn't seem so easy. According to fairground officials, traffic speeds through daily and as result Reece says those potholes will remain there for a reason.

The potholes are so bad at times, drivers are basically forced to slow down, which is exactly what the fair board wants.

"A lot of people don't slow down at the intersection and by leaving it rough, it's our only recourse for slowing people down. We've had maintenance people working that have had to dodge vehicles," says Reece.

Reece mentioned that in the past, they tried to block the roads with barricades, but even that was unsuccessful.

Basically it boils down to the fact that it's a private road and paving it is at the discretion of the fairgrounds, the property owners.

Fair Officials said their best option seems to be leaving the road rough, however they will be grating the road for the district fair, which is September 18-23.