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Neighbors explain why their roads need to be repaved in Marshall Co.

Five roads and a subdivision—home to about 150 households—are being considered for a $350,000 federal grant that would pay to repave roads in extremely poor condition.

Posted: Jul 6, 2018 5:37 PM
Updated: Jul 6, 2018 8:10 PM

Several roads in Marshall County could soon get a facelift.

Five roads and a subdivision—home to about 150 households—are being considered for a $350,000 federal grant that would pay to repave roads in extremely poor condition.

WAAY 31 spoke with people who live on those roads and learned what they think about the possibility of changes coming to the area.

“You’ve got to go kind of slow over the road because there’s a bunch of potholes everywhere," Susie Elrod said.

Elrod has only lived on Collins Drive for a year, but says she’s already noticed the lack of urgency to fix the roads.

“When they’re doing construction on a main street, you see six of them by the trucks, just hanging out, doing nothing, so why can’t they be here, doing something?”

And it’s not just the roads that are suffering. The area around them is taking a beating as well.

“As you can see, our mailboxes are kind of falling off, they’re just hanging on by a thread," Elrod said.

And she's not the only one who’s noticed.

Take 14-year-old Dennis Hernandez who lives nearby on Lara Drive.

She told me, during the school year, she has to jump through hoops just to make it to school.

“Pretty much every day during the school time, I wake up, they take me down there to my aunt’s house down the road, since the roads are pretty much the problem for the buses not coming up," she said.

And it's not just school buses that have issues--it's first responders as well.

“It’s really scary, because someone’s life could be in jeopardy and there’s no access to them,” Elrod said.

That’s why Elrod's dad decided to take matters into his own hands.

“He went out there, too, and he was fixing it," Elrod said. "I’ve seen him put new asphalt in the road himself to cover up the potholes, just to maintain it.”

But Elrod says that’s not his job and now she’s frustrated.

Right now, the county commissioner for the district says they don’t have enough money to fix the roads. However, if this federal grant is approved, this area is at the top of the list for repavement plans.

And people who live in the area say they're hoping for good news.

“I think that’s freaking awesome," Elrod said. "That’d be a good thing if they did, because it’s been neglected for too long.”

According to officials, the county commission’s application for the federal grant must be submitted before July 31st.

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