Neighborhood Waiting On Street Repairs

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As a 77-year-old, Emly Horne admits driving is challenging, but potholes near her home off Stabler Street make it almost terrifying.

"My little old car just jiggles and jaggles," Horne said. "And Bingo! One day I hit a pothole, and it was a little damage that was done."

She said people often drive in the middle of the road to avoid rough spots. The stretch of Stabler beginning at Holmes is a popular route to McLaren Health Center, which emergency vehicles use as well.

"This is beginning to be a regular safety hazard for us," Horne said.

Horne's friends at the Old Everett Neighborhood Association felt similarly. So, they sent a letter to the city's Department of Public Services a few weeks ago, asking it to consider repairing Stabler and six other roads in their area.

"We understand if they can't get to them right away, there's no doubt about it," Ron Leix, President of the Old Everett Neighborhood Association said. "We just want to have a conversation to let them know we're concerned about these roads, and we're just looking for some help here."

Leix admitted there are probably lots of other roads worse off then the ones they're concerned about, and according to the Director of Public Services, he's right.

"There are literally over 100 miles of roadway that are in the worst condition category in the city of Lansing," Director of Public Services Chad Gamble said. "We know that. The public service department is doing everything we can to stretch the dollars that we do have."

Gamble said they focus on preventive work, because it's most cost effective; but if a road is too deteriorated, they do turn to band-aid repairs. In addition, the city's pothole repair response time is roughly 24 hours.

Many hope those dollars will stretch to Old Everett soon.

"Somebody is going to get hurt or someone's car is going to bottom out," Horne said.

Gamble hadn't read the letter from the association before News 10 spoke with him, but he said he's glad the neighborhood reached out. However, he can't make any promises.

"We appreciate the input that people provide to the city, because we can't be all places all the time," Gamble said.

Old Everett Neighborhood Association invited a city engineer to their meeting in December, but haven't gotten a response yet.

Gamble said they drive through Lansing and rate roads annually to keep track of deterioration.

The city has completed most of Phase 1 of the road millage that passed last year. They paved or repaired about 1.4 miles of road this fall. They're hoping to save what's left of the $2 million millage for repairs next year after winter is over.

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