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Fixing the roads... One pothole at a time

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WINNSBORO, La (KNOE 8 NEWS) -- Eighteen roads in Franklin Parish are about to get a face lift, thanks to the Ad Valorem tax and extra state funding from Senator Riser and Representative Pylant.

Members of the Franklin Parish Police Jury have been trying to repair these bumpy roads for months. So to see how bad they are, I took a ride with Superintendent Ricky Campbell, who said it's been a long time coming for these repairs because they weren't a priority until now.

"A lot of people don't understand that you can wear a road out," Campbell said. "A gravel road will wear out after a period of time."

Gravel blows away, gets stuck in your tires, and washes away with the rain. This is one of the biggest reasons the police jury is pushing for the maintenance.

"It's just a country, gravel road, but when we get through with it, it (will) be shaped up with about a three percent crown in it. It (will) let any rainwater off the road," Campbell said.
By the time it's all said and done, Riley Road will look and feel the same from one end to the other.

Marvin Buxton has been living with this problem, and on this road, for over twenty years. He said it seems to get worse every year.
"It would be a blessing to get this done. Been waiting on this for a long time," Buxton said.

The Franklin Parish Police Jury hopes to have the repairs done by the end of the year. The next step to resurface the road involves getting permits to begin the work. They will clear the ditches, gather the materials, and then it's off to work.
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