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Fix roadways right the first time, please

Published: Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

My road, Canal Street, is one of the many roads that were refinished with gravel. We (I and a few neighbors) thought the road was going to be built up a little along the sides to help eliminate the standing water and to help stop the end of our driveways from collapsing into the huge potholes.

The street crews were aware of the problems on our road. We still have standing water, and now when it rains, it is mixed with the oil they used.

I have caught some of the kids playing in these oil-slick puddles and hope none of them get sick. We know where to send the doctor bill, if they do.

The city could have been a little less stingy with the gravel and actually covered all of the oil, and they could have at least attempted to build up the road to eliminate some of the standing water.

Last winter, we had water turn to slush and then refreeze. This caused a massive pothole, and the end of my driveway actually caved into the hole. The street crew threw some asphalt at the end of my drive and patted it down. I am thankful they at least attempted to fix my driveway.

The roads in our area need to actually be fixed instead of putting a bandage on the problem. If you are going to do something, do it right the first time.

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