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Cracked, Cratered Roads Leave Residents Reeling

Road woes are commonplace across the Tri-State. But in Hopkins County it has become so bad that officials say it's almost impossible to count all of the affected areas.

Road woes are commonplace across the Tri-State. But in Hopkins County it has become so bad that officials say it's almost impossible to count all of the affected areas.

Hopkins County has 437 miles of county roads but a two mile stretch in Dawson Springs is nearly impassable, neighbors said.

With it's scenic splendor, life on Newman Rd. has it's perks but it also has it's problems. It's become so bad, Charlie Johnson has a different name for it.

"Crap. I'm just being honest. It's crap," Johnson said.

Life along Newman Rd. moves slower but it's not because people want it that way. It's because it has to be that way.

"Every day you don't know if you're going to make it or you're not going to make it out on this road," said Billy Johnson. The condition of the road only gets worse by the day, neighbors said. It's become soft and squishy to the point where it moves when you step on it.

Now, imagine driving on it. Much like the road itself, patience has run thin.

"I'm very frustrated. I'm tired of empty promises," Charlie Johnson said. "We pay taxes. Our taxes are supposed to go to this road and other roads in the county. If they're not going to fix the roads, they need to give it back me."

County officials say they're aware of the bone-jarring problem but the weather is getting in the way of the solution. Hopkins County Judge Executive Donald Carroll says the county will patch the roads that it can until warmer weather arrives. Carroll said many counties are dealing with gravel shortages because of EPA regulations limiting farm dust.

"This stuff will fly up inside your vehicle, scratch it and make dents," Johnson said as he picked up a piece of pavement. "I'm fed up."

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