January 23, 2007--Posted at 6:35 p.m. CST, updated at 6:38 CST on 1/25/07
MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, AR--Here's an update to a story we brought you on tuesday, when residents who live on Mississippi county road 196 voiced their complaints about what they say is the county's neglect of the road, which is riddled with potholes. Resident Jacky Skelton says the county crews were out re-grading the road yesterday, which should be at least a temporary help.
Most drivers try to avoid potholes in the road, but what do you do when your entire road is a series of potholes?
"It's going to be a bumpy ride" is a familiar phrase for those who live along Mississippi County Road 196.
"This is a half cup of coffee kind of road. If you leave the house with more than a half of a cup, you are going to get it in your lap," said resident Jacky Skelton.
Skelton has lived along the road for more than 30 years and has seen the road get progressively worse.
"Over a period of time lots have been sold, people have built houses, so traffic has increased probably 100 fold," said Skelton.
The six-tenths of a mile road is littered with potholes. Residents say if you go much faster than 20 miles an hour you will not only tear up the road worse, you will tear up your vehicle.
"In a car it is rough, but in a truck it is very shaky," said resident Daryl Johnson.
Johnson has lived on the road for 25 years and is one of over 150 residents who travel the road daily. He says the county periodically grades the road, but that doesn't fix the problem.
"It needs side ditches. It needs a clay gravel base and then we could have a road out here," said Johnson.
A number of residents have contacted the county about the problem only to hear a response that they don't have the money to fix county roads.
"I am going to take it at face value that there's not enough money to maintain them and I am going to take at face value that there isn't the time and resources to do, but surely goodness there has to be some help somewhere," said Skelton.
The county did offer residents the option to raise $4000 that the county would then match to improve the road. However, Skelton says residents can't foot the bill for something their tax dollars should fix.
"You just can't grade something for 20 years and not give something back. It just doesn't work that way, so the holes are coming quite often and more often and they are getting bigger," said Skelton.