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To the editor:
Our tax dollars at work? Thanks again to whoever is
in charge at the Department of Transportation. The main road (Fourth
Street off Route 121) traveling east and west through our town of
Latham is once again turned into a gravel mess of nothing but
washboard bumps and tons of dust.
A week ago a water-thin layer of oil was spread, followed by
layers of loose gravel. Less than two days later... nothing but
spread-out, scattered loose gravel. No sign of any oil to hold it
together. Now we have traffic stirring up clouds of dust and worse
bumps. A car passes by and you see nothing but dust flying in a
cloud behind it.
I operate a business on this street and can't even have my doors
open in this heat lately, all because the brains in charge at the
DOT has decided to make things worse for this poor excuse of a road.
The country roads are twice as good.
Over the years our mayor has been asked to find out about why
this road is never properly repaired. Again… nothing. Only that it
is in the state's control.
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Not good enough for me. The road is at the end of some district
that can easily be ignored. I wonder how long it would take to get
it properly maintained if a few politicians had to live next to this
road or travel on it.
The workers patch it, fill in the gutters and throw loose gravel
on it. Every time, I have to remove the asphalt blobs out of the
gutters so water will drain as it was meant to do.
This road is heavily traveled by semi trucks hauling grain.
Something needs to be done the right way to fix this road.
We realize the workers are only doing as directed, but come on,
somebody needs to get a clue.
(Posted Aug. 11, 2005)
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