Jason Summerkamp’s farrier business has slowed down as of late thanks to some literal bumps in the road.
Summerkamp told KGUN9 in Tucson, Ariz., that the roughly 300 potholes that dot Magee Road leading up to his driveway have not only damaged his vehicle, but also hurt his farrier business. Driving over them has resulted in a cracked rim, dented door, broken shackles and damaged a trailer hitch.
“The road is terrible,” he says. “From my driveway to Sandario Road, it’s 0.9 miles and there are 308 potholes total. About 180 are basketball size or bigger.”
Summerkamp has called the Pima County Transportation Department and requested they repave the road or turn it back into a dirt road, but there’s a big financial roadblock. The county has 2,000 miles of roads, most of which are in bad shape, according to PCTD representative Jim Cunningham, and there’s a limited amount of funds to fix them.
Magee Road’s fate will be left in the hands of a 13-person advisory committee. The committee’s decision to fix the street will depend on the street’s condition and the volume of traffic.
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