Geneva County Officials Fill Hartford Woman's Driveway After Years of Erosion

By: Deborah Tuff
By: Deborah Tuff

After years of troubles stemming from an eroded driveway, Geneva County officials have finally filled in a Hartford woman's driveway.

This comes as a relief to the 73-year-old Wiregrass resident.

A note was left saying if the road wasn't fixed, the postman would stop delivering mail. Even her car has been in and out of the shop because the bumper has fallen off and her wheels were getting stuck. The list goes on.

So, when Hartford Resident Myrtis Williams called local officials about her driveway on Old Hartford Road being grossly eroded, she was at wits end. "I was told they'd get it done before Christmas and then after it didn't get done, I called again and was told it’d be done after the first of the year. I called yesterday and it seems like they are saying it's my problem," she says.

Years of rain caused Ms. Williams road to erode and fall apart in pieces. Now, she's hoping the county can do their part as well.

On Wednesday, county officials decided to fill in the area, but they say Ms. Williams’ calls hadn't gone ignored. With a $2.5 million dollar budget, limited staff and more than 600 dirt roads in Geneva County, which need to be fixed, filling dirt roads such as this becomes a task.

"We rely on trying to do the most important things first, and unfortunately, we have to hold some of those work orders,” Geneva County Chief Engineer Roy Powell explained. “We just can't get to them and they come up later on with repairs. The more rain, the more traffic, the more problems we have with the dirt roads."

The engineers’ office suggests a one percent sales tax increase would fix the problem, but residents just wouldn't go for it.

Engineers say the heavy dirt area, combined with heavy rainfall, sometimes interferes with the tar they use to fill up potholes and breaks it apart.

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