Posted: Nov 30, 2012 11:28 AM by Cameron Polom, KSBY News
Updated: Nov 30, 2012 12:01 PM
People who live in Grover Beach say their roads look like a war zone.
City officials say they've run into several bumps trying to fix them.
You've seen lots of these driving around grover beach. Potholes that never seem to go away.
"It's been this way for twenty two years, in fact its gotten worse," said one resident.
"Some of the roads are so bad you drive down it and you knock your front end alignment out, I've done it a couple times in the last two years," said another community member.
The small beach community tried to clear a path this last election season for the new roads to no avail.
Our charter measure did not pass," says Mayor elect Debbie Peterson. "It would allow us to do it at less cost, we could save somewhere between five and twenty percent."
When it costs 250 thousand dollars per block, that savings matters.
"The issue is that we really need to find some way to get a big infusion of cash to do the residential streets, the residential streets we do not get grants for, it has to come from our own income," says Peterson.
One way they hope to do that is through an agreeable bond measure with the community that will raise additional funds to make street repairs
"Something needs to be done, a lot of people are going to start charging the city for front end alignments and there's going to be a lot of wrecks, theres always people slamming on their breaks because of potholes that are a foot deep," says Bob Airs of Grover Beach.
In the fifties, the streets here were mostly sand dunes.
the problem with that is, now covered with paved roads, a foundation like sand is very unstable and tends to shift over time.
That leaves these massive pot holes on every street.
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