Neighborhood Waiting On Street Repairs

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

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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  • by Name Location: Location on Nov 21, 2012 at 11:08 AM
    What is different this year? When it was our street, it took 20 years between repaving, and pot holes big enough to eat a bus. We finally complained to the City Council, and 3 different council members came out before we got anything done. Waiting for the city? You might as well stop breathing.
  • by stan Location: Clinton County on Nov 18, 2012 at 07:52 AM
    Don't they have a sewer to separate there? At least that project provided smoother roads.
  • by RT Location: Lansing on Nov 16, 2012 at 06:05 AM
    @CC. Well said!!
  • by Annette Location: lansing on Nov 16, 2012 at 04:40 AM
    I drive on stabler everyday.It is TERRIBLE.Hit a whopper of a pothole 2 weeks ago on stabler.
  • by Jerry on Nov 15, 2012 at 09:44 PM
    Limited dollars, but they cut and filled holes for "practice" along the Northside last summer. Guess those people practicing did it for free though. Right? Michigan literally has the worst roads on the east of the country. Last summer I drove from Michigan, through Ohio, the Virginia's and Carolinas to Georgia and on the way back came through Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana. Every highway and city street along the way was reasonable, if not great, until we hit the Michigan borderline on the way back.
  • by Him Location: Here and There on Nov 15, 2012 at 11:14 AM
    Umm, no that should read "STATE waiting on street repairs". Join the club!
  • by Belle Location: Lansing on Nov 15, 2012 at 06:59 AM
    So there's no money to fix roads, but they came in recently and changed Lincoln and Tisdale from one-way streets to two-way streets. Maybe 15-20 cars a day use these streets, yet the city found the money and time to come out, change the signage, attempt to remove the white line in the middle of the road, etc. WHY? Absolute waste of resources, and I cannot for the life of me understand the benefit to the city or citizens.
  • by CC Location: Location on Nov 15, 2012 at 03:41 AM
    Excuse me but at what point do we see action for the taxes that are paid? The normal mode for government now is to collect the taxes just to keep the wheel turning but if something needs fixing or updating a new tax (millage) is needed to pay for the fixes or necessary services. I am tired of watching the wheel spin and not seeing any action!
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