PAOLI (WKOW)-- People who live near Highway 69 between Verona and Belleville are concerned about the worsening condition of a road they use everyday. Many are looking forward to a day where the overly bumpy road becomes smoothed out by state officials. Locals say they've experienced broken head lights, shocks and mufflers after driving on the stretch of highway.
"I wouldn't doubt it if traffic is down by half. It's just with people taking alternate routes because it can really beat up your vehicle," Paoli Pub owner Mike Franklin says.
The highway runs straight through the town of Paoli. In the middle of town you'll find the Paoli Pub where highway 69 was the main topic of conversation Wednesday night.
"We were definitely talking about it," Mark Raders says. "The road is just totally torn up. I mean, you can't go over 35 miles an hour on the road. Your car just shakes."
Raders drives the stretch of highway practically every day. He says it first started getting bad about three years ago.
"It's terribly rough. It's better when it's snow covered than when it's plowed," Raders says.
At 27 News we received several e-mails and Facebook comments from concerned commuters who drive highway 69 daily. The Department of Transportation is planning to redo the road sometime in 2016, but lately things have gotten so bad they're debating whether or not to move the project up to next year. They also a plan to conduct minor repairs on the road sometime this year.
"If they can do it, I think they should do it this year, I really do," Raders says. "I don't know if they can get that in the schedule or if they have the budget to do it, but it should be done."
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