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Tuesday, June 17 2014, 08:31 PM EDT
Pothole Problem: Marion County Residents Pressing for Answers
Many potholes happen after a harsh winter, but imagine having to deal with the same ones for years.   Several families in Marion County have complained about a deteriorating road for the past 6 years, and they finally had enough.. 

Today, we have good news in their long battle to get someone to claim their road and fix the potholes..

Gray's Creek Road in Marion County.. the people who live on the road, 81-hundred feet of sheer terror.

Jim Reynolds remembers the first day he traveled on it.  "I broke my gas tank the first day I came down this road, he remembers.

8 families have to travel this road every day, .including Marcia Floyd's.  "I'm just having to change tires every time I turn around for going through it," she says.

Anthony Moore says he has to meet the ambulance at the beginning of the road, any time his mother in law has to get to medical care quickly.  "If the ambulance tears up going in there, it's that deep," he says, "she could be dead by the time they get out of there.. anybody's family."

Gray's Creek Road used to be an old coal-mining road.  When the coal company left, the road was abandoned by both the company and the county.  The potholes are widespread.. and the water collects deep when it rains.  We measured it with a stick and found potholes holding standing water a foot deep in places.

Ida Layne says, it's been a six-year battle to get Marion County to claim the road.  "It's been one fight right after another," she says.  "They tell you they'll come out and do this or do that, they'll measure it and this and that, but nothing is ever done."

These families finally had enough.  They called NewsChannel 9.

Marion County Road Superintendent Neal Webb says, help is on the way for the families.  He has been out to examine the road surface.   He says, the county has cleared the way for the road to become a county road again and the first priority will be to fill in the potholes.  "The road is not in too bad a shape in certain spots," he says.

"We'll get in there and fix it to where (the residents) will be happy with it," he promised.

That's good news to the families.  "It would be so nice," Mrs. Layne says.  "My family can't get to my house because they've all got new cars and they won't come through these holes."

"I don't blame them," she says.

Webb says, as soon as the paperwork gets to his desk in the next few days, his crews will be working on getting Gray's Creek Road back up to standard.

We'll keep you posted as to the road's progress.

by Calvin Sneed
Pothole Problem: Marion County Residents Pressing for Answers

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