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Patched potholes continue to worry motorists

The Smith County Road and Bridge Department says they are not done patching up the road and will return once temperatures reach 60 to 70 degrees. The Smith County Road and Bridge Department says they are not done patching up the road and will return once temperatures reach 60 to 70 degrees.
After many years of wear and tear, residents are concerned. After many years of wear and tear, residents are concerned.
LINDALE, TX (KLTV) -

Residents who live just outside of Lindale in Smith County are concerned about potholes on their street. The problem for residents has caused the Smith County Road and Bridge Department to re-patch potholes on County Road 4212 three times in the past year. Now, residents are hoping for a brand new road but this may not be possible.

Residents say for nearly 20 years, County Road 4212 in Smith County, also known as Cory Ray Lane, has been traveled on by both city of Lindale residents and Smith County residents.

"The houses to my west are all in city limits but the only access they have to their streets and houses is this main road here that I live on that's a county road," Janis Volk said.

After many years of wear and tear, residents are concerned.

"It has lots of potholes and the county would come and throw patch in the potholes, and this is the first time they've really put paving over the road," Volk said.

Janis Volk has lived on the county road for 18 years and says patching the potholes is only a temporary fix. She says she's only hoping for one thing.

"We really need new roads," Volk said.

Smith County Road and Bridge Department Superintendent David Potter says no money has been allocated for the area to re-pave a brand new road. Potter explained that the mixture used for the asphalt costs the county $70 per ton and just to pave one mile they would need 1,000 tons; that's roughly $70,000.

After a rainy day like Tuesday, Richard Berglund says photos on See it, Click it, Fix it on KLTV.com may help the county understand their concerns.

"I've been here three years and every time the potholes come up the county comes out and just patched them," Berglund said. After patching them, usually about five or six days after all the traffic drives over them they open back up again."

Berglund says close to a hundred cars travel on the road each day and with heavy traffic he says the countywilll continue to spend more money to re-patch it.

The Smith County Road and Bridge Department says they are not done patching up the road and will return once temperatures reach 60 to 70 degrees.

If you have a road problem to report, you can share it on our web site at See, Click, Fix, found on the lower right side of the home page.

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