Gravel Roads A Problem For Residents in Allegan Co.

Posted at 6:23 PM, Mar 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-21 18:23:27-04

ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. (March 21, 2014) —  Allegan County has over 600 miles of gravel roadway. With such an extreme winter, that’s causing a lot of frustration to residents.

A resident on 120th Street in  Allegan said pot holes on her road are the worse it has been in several years.

Allegan County Road Commission Director Larry Brown said that freezing temperatures at night are preventing crews from filling the pot holes. Brown said that if they tried to repair the gravel roads now, the roads would become harder to travel on.

Its not cheap to fix either, Brown said that it costs them about $10,000 dollars for every mile of gravel that is replaced, and that on average they replace between 20-25 miles of gravel every year.

Nonetheless, it’s still a hassle for residents.

“It’s so frustrating like I said. My new Pontiac G6 that I just got, I love it, but it’s lower to the ground, and it’s a car. It’s like you have to have a truck with a lift kit on it to get through there, you know to not have to feel like all the wobbling in it,” said Angie Goodin, resident of Allegan.

Allegan’s road commission said that it hopes the gravel roads will dry-up enough to start fixing the pot holes by the middle of April.