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Lake Caroline: good neighborhood, bad road

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MADISON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Madison County's Lake Caroline is beautiful, but it's a bumpy ride getting there.

Big patches of Caroline Boulevard, a mile-long entranceway to the neighborhood, are torn and crumbled. Motorists have to drive very slowly to avoid wrecking their undercarriages.

"You're looking at tearing up oil pans, transmissions, tires," says resident Pat McDaniel. "You basically need a 4 wheel drive truck or large SUV to get through there at this point."

McDaniel's frustration is complicated, because she says construction workers coming into the subdivision are ignoring the 'no trucks' sign. Her husband talked to one of the workers this week.

"He said there's a sign up there that says no trucks. He says Supervisor Banks told us we could use the road," McDaniel says.

Resident David Wasson worries that the heavy trucks are carrying overloads.

"This is embarrassing," he says.

Wesson says he's never been happy with the asphalt on Caroline Boulevard, which was completed about one year ago.

"I just don't know it was done correctly to begin with," he tells us.

District 4 Supervisor Karl Banks, who lives in Lake Caroline, says he did allow construction trucks to use the main entranceway for a while. He says that will stop, but the trucks will have to continue using portions of Caroline Boulevard.

Another problem is the flower beds in the median along Caroline Boulevard. Supervisor Banks says the irrigation for the flower beds doesn't drain properly, and that has contributed to the crumbling concrete. The heavy trucks have complicated the problem.

Banks says for now the county is laying lime salt to make the road passable. Next, the drainage problem will be fixed, then the bad parts of the road base will be replaced. He's asking residents to be patient.

Banks says on Thursday morning he spoke to the president of the Lake Caroline Homeowner's Association to discuss the drainage issue. 

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