Concerns about unsafe roads in Stoddard County

By Crystal Britt

STODDARD COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Some people living in one part of Stoddard County say they're fed up with the conditions of the rural roads.

"It's a dangerous road to drive on," said Sylvia Webster.

County Road 413 in Stoddard County, also known as One Mile Road, doesn't have the best reputation these days.

"It's narrow in places, it has so many potholes," said Jeff Dixon.

Some people who live near the road, or drive it daily are tired of the wear and tear it's putting on their vehicles, plus the safety issue.

"There's no shoulder. The sides of the roads erode," said Webster.

"Because it is supposedly black top, many people believe they can drive faster than a gravel road, but it's more dangerous than gravel," said Dixon.

A board overseas the approximate 125 miles of roads in Castor Township.

Most of the roads are gravel.

413 though is asphalt.

Heartland News was told the road wasn't constructed properly years ago, and is a constant problem to maintain.

"We turned out a bid to have eight tenths of it resurfaced. That bid was $100,000. Right now all we have left in our budget is approximately $98,000," said Board Treasurer Kenneth E. Allen.

The board says it's all about money. Members say right now patching is the best they can do.

"Throwing chat down on the sides, and trying to grade them is not going to do anything", said Webster. "It's a band aid fix, it won't repair anything."

"We need to do something, but if you don't have the resources and funds to do it you can't do it. Today's economy is a little tough," said Allen.

"We're going to do something with 413", said Board President Norma Snider. "I wish I had the money. I'd fix it today."

Voters recently approved a tax increase, so more money will be coming in to the township.

"They do have more money now, but they're going to have to come up with a budget and manage it," said Dixon.

"Somewhere there has to be accountability for the money given to the township," said  Webster.

"Come first of the year when we get the extra tax money you'll be looking at something different," said Snider. "If we don't have a bad ice storm, two ice storms in a row really cleaned us out."

Locals hope to see improvements soon.

"It could be a matter of life and death," said Webster.

Locals are concerned about other roads in Castor Township as well. County Road 442 is a gravel road. The biggest concern there is the exposed water lines.

That's something the township board says is the water department's responsibility.

Concerned citizens are planning to show up Tuesday night at the Castor Township board office in Bloomfield to voice issues.

That meeting starts at 7:00p.m.

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