Potholes testing patience of residents

BEAVER TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – There is no avoiding the pothole situation across the Valley this spring. But a bad situation just seems to be getting worse.

Take Bassinger Road in Beaver Township. Potholes are just about everywhere.

“It looks like a war zone,” said resident Shelley Walley.

Don Gregory tries to avoid hitting them, but sometimes that is impossible.

“”We can’t miss the holes anymore. There is no place to drive. It is a mess,” said Gregory.

Some residents said they slow down, a lot, sometimes to about 3 to 5 miles per hour. Even if you dodge one, it will just put you in the path of another.

Irma Niemi has lived in the area for 44 years. She has never seen the road this bad and called the Mahoning County Engineer’s Office.

“She asked me what part of Bassinger Road is the worst, and I said the whole thing,” said Niemi.

The problem is something in which Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti is very aware. He said Bassinger Road isn’t the only county road in bad shape. Crews have prioritized, hitting high traffic areas and roads by schools. Call volume is also a factor.

“If we have a lot of calls on a lower traveled road, we may need to put more attention on to that sooner,” said Ginnetti.

Crews did repair a part of Bassinger Road recently, but had to move to high priority roads before finishing. Neighbors feel like they are being ignored.

“I try to take my granddaughter in a stroller. You can’t do that,” said Walley.

Crews are now using hot asphalt, a more permanent fix, but Ginnetti thinks the pothole problem is only going to get worse as the weather warms up. He wants residents to continue to report potholes and be patient.

The county has 500 miles of road to service.

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