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Bumps and dust plague Latham road               Send a link to a friend

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.

Terry Williams

(Posted Aug. 11, 2005)

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