There’s only one way out of the neighborhood for residents of the Town Run Road and Cottage Avenue area in Weston. But no matter which way resident go from there, they’re running into road conditions on High Street, Willow Street, and First Street that are making life difficult.
“The roads around this town here, there’s a lot of potholes, and it’s starting to damage a lot of vehicles. It’s hard to miss them and nothing’s getting done, no paving. By now, it’s almost the end of the summer. They ought to start getting fixed,” said area resident Mark Brogan.
The potholes aren’t just unsightly, it’s also more dangerous for people driving through the area. On-street parking means the area has less room for cars to navigate around each other.
“The big holes, it’s kind of hard to pass anybody because somebody has to stop, then you have to pull over to the side, then you have to let one through, then you have to swerve around the hole. It’s just an inconvenience,” Brogan said.
City officials said they’re aware of the needs in the area. City Manager Kristin Droppleman was in the area Thursday afternoon looking at conditions there, and said it’s a higher priority for the city than some other areas.
“That area of town is a highly-travelled area. You’ve got the residents that live there, you’ve got the judicial annex that’s there, so there’s lots of traffic. That’s definitely factored into what we’re looking for to resurface and fix these roads,” Droppleman said.
While the city is looking to identify the best roads to begin repairs on, time is more of a concern. Work on streets in the city winds down in the fall, and time is one of the biggest challenges for the city.
“It takes time. We’re very limited on staff. I think that’s the biggest downfall for us, is the fact that we’re limited on staff, but we are doing what we can to try to get all the roads fixed,” said Droppleman.