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Pothole problem solving in Bedford Twp.

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Potholes take on a whole new meaning in Monroe County, specifically in Bedford Township.

Many times, drivers have to slow down and swerve to get out of the way.

Some times people have to cross the yellow line just to avoid the bumps.

But Bedford Township leaders recognize there is a problem and they're stepping up to help.

"We shouldn't be standing in gravel, shaking our fists," Greg Stewart, the Township Supervisor said.  "We should be doing something about it."

The township is not responsible for road repairs, instead that's up to the Monroe County Road Commission.

According to the commission there isn't much funding set aside for the projects needed to smooth out the streets.

So, Wednesday, state, county, and township leaders met with the public to try to find a solution.

"How can we influence the state and the county to see if there is something they can do to help us with our roads," Stewart said.

The township, however, has set aside $1 million this year, which is more than ever before.

But Stewart says it won't go far and that's why they went to the public, looking for input.

Some say they need to find other funding sources.

Others want to bid out the work instead of relying on the road commission.

Bottom line; the taxpayers want their roads fixed.

"They have to do something," Kathy Hassen, who lives in Bedford Township said.

Hassen says everyone wants the roads fixed, but no one wants to pay.  She worries that worse the roads get, the more they'll cost, and not just in taxes.

The state has given the county $5 million to rebuild Samaria road.

The goal in all of this is to urge the state and county to re-evaluate how the road projects are funded.


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