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Letter to the Editor: Why can't PennDOT just do it right?

on June 22, 2014 1:30 AM

We all know that recent storms have caused many problems; however, this does not relieve PennDOT from fixing problems that are their responsibility.

A storm Monday night washed a great deal of rubble onto the roadway and also onto my property where I mow. My wife called PennDOT’s Indiana County maintenance to report the problem and asked them to clean the ditch and the roadway. The call was received and handled professionally by Cheryl Simsick.

On Tuesday morning a maintenance vehicle was on the site with a truck pulling a power broom. The driver proceeded to clean the roadway by sweeping the rubble into the ditch. This in effect cured one symptom, but did not address the problem. Now there will be more debris on my property and more debris will continue to wash out on the road (S.R. 1015) and quite possibly fill my drive pipe.

I regard this work as a “hurry up and sign off on the complaint” fix. As a taxpayer, I find this totally unacceptable. It reeks of laziness and incompetence. One would have hoped that after being the butt of jokes for years, PennDOT would have learned, but it appears not.

I have lived here for 37 years and this is the first time I have made a complaint of this type. I am aware that secondary roads in northern Indiana County are not high priority (we see that all winter), but they should eliminate the problem, not hide it.

On Wednesday, the truck was back to sweep again. What was it that Einstein was credited with saying about insanity?

William Batten

Commodore

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