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Bumpy road around railroad tracks irks drivers in Santa Maria

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Road conditions around a set of railroads tracks are causing problems for some drivers in central Santa Maria.

It’s a bumpy road for drivers every time they cross Jones Street as potholes have formed around the tracks.

“It’s torn up, it’s all bumpy, people slow down, it jiggles the car, and it’s just an eyesore and a hazard,” said Michael H. Sanders, Santa Maria resident.

The train tracks lie in the middle of the road, but it’s at intersections like Jones and Lincoln Street where drivers run into problems.

“It could probably do a lot of damage, people pay a lot of money to put rims on their cars and then they have to go around the railroad tracks and then their alignment is all screwed up,” said Michael Campbell, Santa Maria resident.

People who live in the area say they’ve never seen a train on the tracks and they’d like to see them ripped out.

“It’s time for them to go, they are a hazard,” Sanders added.

“Anything like this can be a liability and if they need to be given attention then they should be given attention,” said Eric Holenda, Santa Maria resident.

City leaders said any work done around the railroad tracks must be approved by the Santa Maria Valley Railroad.

“If our staff can obtain a permit from the Santa Maria Valley Railroad we will come in with hot mix asphalt and remove the bad areas and go ahead and resurface it,” said Public Works Director Steve Kahn.

We reached out to the railroad company to see if the tracks are in service or if the roads will be repaved, but they did not respond by airtime Monday.

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