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5/3/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman letters: Making a mess of Northern

I really need someone to help me figure something out.

Why is it in North Kingman, for example, Northern Avenue, the road department takes a nice, smooth road and screws it up filling cracks with tar? The road now is so bumpy, it feels like driving on railroad tracks ... forever. People with severe back problems really do not appreciate this.

If you can find a smooth road out here, that is the one you want to drive on. I noticed the past few days a lot of cars turning off on Willow to get away from the mess they made of Northern.

Another reason: I wonder if we can start taking our bills for car alignment to the county to pay. I've heard lots of people saying they have to have their cars aligned every year or two. This is not right! The county needs to make the roads smooth and drivable.

If they don't know how, they need to contract someone who does.

Lois Leggett


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: R .

This letter is full of over exaggeration. I drive Northern often, those tar patches do NOT cause vehicle to go out of alignment.

@ Janet Stingley- Further, if your vehicle required $1500 of front end work, your complaint should be with the mechanic that convinced you to pay for that!

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: Pot Hole Charley

""Road maintenence is expensive. Most folks don't want to pay higher taxes so the County road department has to figure out how to preserve the roads as best as possilbe with the least amount of money."""

No kidding. We spent ten years lowering taxes for Wall Street and companies, while at the same time property values went down and hourly wages were kept low. This stressed the revenues to pay for stuff like this.

If people dont want to pay taxes, then the next step is to go to TOLL ROADS -- $1.50 each time you use Northern and Stockton Hill.

If you are against taxes, then everything will soon have a fee attached. This helps prevent the rich from having to give up their tax breaks.

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: Lois Leggett

Sampson, if they would take some of the moneys away from building buildings...that they do not need, what with all the vacant ones sitting around and put it toward the roads, that would be nice.

V Stokes, Northern used to be a very nice and smooth road...try one of the north bound roads off Northern, you may just change your mind, but people do live out here and have to put up with those conditions daily. Those roads will knock you false teeth out or your own teeth loose!!! On the other hand if you get on one of the east/west roads, they are, for the most part very nice and smooth. What is wrong with that picture??

Posted: Monday, May 6, 2013
Article comment by: biker randy

If you think tar snakes(that's what we bikers call them) are bumpy, you should go thru a curve with new tar snakes done. When you only have 2 wheels, you really get a thrill! Your bike starts wiggling and you only hope you can keep from falling over. The reason I say this is tar has been applied liberaly in Valle Vista and our main road has curves. I find straight roads with tar snakes are a smoother ride than cracks. BTW, I rarely need a front end alignment on my car or truck. I don't bump into curbs or drive thru potholes.

Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Article comment by: Sampson .

Road maintenence is expensive. Most folks don't want to pay higher taxes so the County road department has to figure out how to preserve the roads as best as possilbe with the least amount of money.

I hate how rough crack sealing is, but at least the road dept is trying to keep the road from deteriorating. Most of us just zoom over the road and never really look at the condition of the pavement just because its smooth doesn't mean it doens't need maintenance and preservation. Northern, after crack sealing, is still better than a dirt road.

If you want really nice roads everywhere then be ready to pay taxes at the rates residents in bigger cities do. I also submit that instead of complaining about the condition of the road and how rough it is be glad we have paved roads and you've done well enough in life to even have a car. Even with a bad back, which I can empathize with, its still better than dirt roads, riding a horse, or walking.

Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

I can't figure out what the problem is.....are people off roading in their cars maybe? Or just being ripped off by repair shops?

I've lived here 7 years and had both 10 y/o vehicles checked twice for alignment...never an issue.

This was with multiple trips almost weekly over Coyote Pass before the road repair. Up and around Northern, Western, Airway...whatever...not a lot...but occasionally.

I just don't get it. People whine about roads not being paved...then when they get paved and repairs need to be done..they complain about that. I didn't like the chip seal they did on my street...but after a year or so of traffic...it's not so bad. Still losing some gravel...but I guess that's normal?

Is nobody happy around here about anything?

Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013
Article comment by: Janet Stingley

I agree with Lois Leggett. I had an older vehicle that I spent $1,500.00 to get the whole front end replaced on. I was afraid that one day I'd hit one bump too many, and the car would fall to pieces around me like in a cartoon. Now I have a new vehicle, and I am afraid that IT will fall apart before the first three years of ownership, and the warrantee won't cover it because it will be classified as wear and tear. The county, city, and the state needs to get with the program. Stop spending our tax dollars on buildings, and spend the money to get our roads fixed correctly. Not the hodge-podge mess that needs to be fixed every six months after repairs, and not the rocks and oil called chip seal! The roads are all so old, that it does not sink in and smooth them out. It sticks to tires and cracks our windshield’s or chips our paint, or it ends up in piles along the road shoulders. The oil sticks to and ruins new paint, and the dust created from it, makes my lungs feel as though I have cement in them. And I would like to know why you have roads and highways with road work signs that stay up for months at a time, while there is no visible road work going on, or workers in sight!

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