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KTBS 3 News Viewers tell us about Bad Roads in Shreveport

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTBS) - Recently we did a story on bad roads in Shreveport. Apparently we touched a nerve because we got a dump truck full of responses from you, our viewers.

Jeannie says: Check on Jefferson-Paige Road. If my tires blow out, Will the city pay for it?

Emmitt says: We have bent 4 factory rims on Crabapple drive between Kingston and Mansfiled Road.

Brad, wants us to look at Jewela, Mansfield and Linwood roads.

Dar says: Buncombe, Woolworth, Pines, the list goes on for miles.... literally. UGG!!

Brandy, says we should look at Marks Street over by the Louisiana Association for the blind.

So we did. Marks Street is situated right between two buildings for the Louisiana Association for the Blind. On one side the headquarters for the Louisiana Association for the blind on the side Ability Printing, a division of the Association.

"The big frustration is that this street has been in a similar condition for almost 20 years now," said Shelly Taylor, President and CEO of the Louisiana Association for the Blind.

" We had a sewer main break. This has been in bad shape for at least 5 months. They came in and fixed the sewer main and we have a hole here. You can see huge holes in the street. Yes these conditions are all over town, but what makes this so critical is that we have blind people crossing this street all day everyday. Through the door here and coming across to gain access to our offices to our offices in the Ability Printing building next door."

"It's not safe, it's really not safe," that according to sight impaired L-A-B employee Cigale Jones. "With the pot holes and all of that trying to guide your cane it's actually a hazard because you can miss the holes and accidentally fall in them."

Marks Street does lead to some industrial businesses back behind the Louisiana Association for the Blind buildings, but is this acceptable in Shreveport, Louisiana?

****Related Story**** Shreveport's Bad Roads Part 2.

"My concern is that someone is going to get seriously hurt stepping in a hole falling, I mean I'm sighted this is a danger to me, but especially to someone who is not sighted and traveling with a cane this could be a serious injury," said Taylor.

"From working 3 years here I'm kind of familiar with where the holes are and how to navigate around them. But we have new employees that come in month to month that don't know where the holes are to try to avoid them," said Jones

"We've repeatedly tried and tried to get this repaired. The last request we sent was to City Councilman Jeff Everson and Mayor Cedric Glover at the same time and as I recall that was back in March. We sent photographs of the condition of the street and requested that they at least send someone to come and look at it to repair this.... no response what so ever from anyone. And that gets to be even more frustrating when you feel like your requests are not even acknowledged."

We reached out to the Public Works Department to see if there were any plans to work on Marks Street this year.  Department Director Stan Harris said there is no money in the budget right now to do any work there, but that he will personally drive over to Marks Street and take a look at the situation.  

And we continue to want to hear from you on this topic.

If you've got a pot hole or a bad street that is driving you crazy and causing damage to cars... Please snap a picture and send it to us on our ktbs-3 facebook page, or you can send it right to our website ktbs.Com via email. Just send the picture to ushare@ktbs.Com. That's the letter "u" and the word "share" at ktbs.Com
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