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Patching pot holes in Union County

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 2/18/2014 10:06 pm
INGOMAR, Miss. (WTVA) -- Long days lie ahead for Union County Road Manager James Byers.

"It's time consuming because we have so many miles," Byers said.

There are 520 miles of hard surface roads to be exact.

Each and every one must be checked for pot holes and there are plenty.

"They're tough. I don't get out but, but I've heard other people talking," Sarah Benefield said.

"Some of the holes are small. Some are large, so you just have to take them as they come and certainly, we're busy trying to get to them all as quickly as we can," Byers added.

Union County residents are glad to see patch work underway.

"I'm more than grateful because I just purchased a new vehicle, so I'm very glad they are fixing them," Kay Raney said.

"When the ground freezes, they bust real bad. I'm glad they're working real hard to get everything fixed," Roger Thompson said.

"I'm real glad. I sure am. Pot holes will ruin a car-knock the alignment out in a hurry," Joe Wilson said.

Seven crews hit the road daily with shovels, tar and rock to make repairs the old fashioned way or they load up on the pot hole patcher.

The vehicle has equipment that can spray tar and rock in large quantities onto the surface of a road.

Byers says the repair work will continue until all pot holes and other failures are repaired.
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