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Potholes Giving Some Marion County Residents A Bumpy Ride
Written by Whitney Wetzel
Last updated on February 26, 2013 @ 11:20AM
Created on February 25, 2013 @ 6:49PM
 
For those who live off of one of our state's windy back roads, they've probably had to deal with a pothole or two, especially after a tough winter. But for some residents who live in one part of Marion County, they've had to deal with quite a few. On Monday, 5 News set out to get to the bottom of this problem, but the problem sort of solved itself.

Residents who live on Graham Road in Rachel have been dealing with serious pothole issues for a few months now, but haven't been able to get any help. Strangely enough though, as soon as 5 News cameras showed up, so did the Department of Highways.

Neighbors said they've been fed up with the potholes leading up to their homes since last August and have been calling the DOH every few weeks, but never saw any results. Those neighbors claimed that DOH workers told them they'd get to it as soon as they could. But those neighbors finally got their wish. 
 
DOH crews were out patching those potholes Monday morning after workers said they've gotten lots of calls about that road recently. While they understood those residents had been complaining for some time, workers said many back roads around the area are in bad shape after this winter.
 
"This road here, it's just not maintained. You can see the sides of it there, it's a one lane road, we have a school bus that comes down here," said Brad Jones, Graham Road resident.
 
"I'd just like to get it resolved, you know, I'm not asking for a pot of gold, I'm just asking for them to fix the roads. What's wrong with that?" said Rodney Bartlett, Graham Road resident.
 
"We've been hole patching all winter long, so when the weather permits and when it's not snowing and we're not plowing snow, we're usually out here patching roads," said Michael Trotto, DOH road crew supervisor.
 
DOH workers also said they're trying to fix the worst roads first, so just be patient.

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