School bus driver Cynthia Walker says she drives Kewanee Church Road at least twice a day, and she's one of many residents who disagree with construction of a new portion of the road.
'If there's any road that's a safety issue, it's Jeff Davis Road and KOA Road," says Walker.
"There are areas where trees are leaning over into the road; limbs are laying down. Things that supervisors should be doing like maintaining ditches, that's not being done."
District 2 Supervisor Wayman Newell contends that Kewanee Church Road is a true safety hazard, and District 5's Kyle Rutledge says he decided to support the work after much thought.
"I actually went three different times looking at it. The night before the board meeting I was out there still pondering and praying what to vote on that subject. Ultimately this boiled down to a bus driver I worked with who said he had numerous close calls in the curb with the bus being very long, making it through the curb meeting traffic. He felt like it was a safety issue and I'm for the safety of the children."
'I've also spoken to bus drivers," contends Walker, "and this road is not a hazard and the one driver he's talking about is probably in his 70s."
At this time there is no word on when work will resume on the new road. Meanwhile, opponents of the effort say they have contacted the local NAACP about concerns involving the alleged abuse of land in that area.
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