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No answer to terrible roads

Published: Tue, May 7, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

No answer to terrible roads

I know the repaving job is al- ready started on New Buffalo Road. I did submit a letter to the county road engineer asking him why only half of our terrible road is going to be fixed. I never received response to my question.

Our road has been paved one time in 32 years. I remember about 15 years ago it was repaved completely. It has been a mess for at least the past five years. Now this time we are told that it will only be paved to Lynn Road. Why?

I remember paying taxes and extra for our automobile license plates, too. Who is getting our money? When I take my grandson for a walk in his stroller it is a job going around all of the potholes and the mountains of shabby road patches. Also not far from our house the road actually is rising up in the center so at that point I am walking at an angle. God forbid if our neighborhoods would have sidewalks to safely go for a walk on.

Why does the state of Ohio seem to have the worst roads in this country. We travel by car a lot and we know this is true. We should have beautiful roads that last a lot longer than they do. Are the paving jobs that costs the taxpayers millions of dollars being done in a cheap and inferior way, which is why within five years they are already falling apart?

Marian Beil, North Lima


1NoBS(2237 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

When you go with the lowest bidder, you get the lowest quality.

With that said, there needs to be enough oversight that we don't have a runaway gravy train, like the military with its $600 hammers. But the paving jobs need to go to the BEST workers, not the CHEAPEST.

Mahoning County, in particular, should be ashamed of the state in which they allow their roads to exist. Indianola Road, from South Avenue to Southern Blvd, hasn't been paved in about 20 years. On the "good" stretches, it's like being on a galloping horse, because they paved over the old cement slabs. On the stretches that have 10 or 15 years' worth of blacktop spilled in the general vicinity of the potholes (and there are a lot of those stretches) it's so rough that most people go left of center trying to find a smoother way through. And that's only one road - many of the county roads are in similar condition.

For the amount of taxes we pay, the roads are unacceptable.

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22fer1(22 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Easy answer: raise the tax charged on gas drilling to equal that in other states. We'd have billions of dollars for roads and schools.
Don't give away something we finally have that somebody wants.

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