Road Controversy Latest

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

Work has yet to being to build a new road through a sharp curve on Kewanee Church Road in eastern Lauderdale County.

District 2 Supervisor Wayman Newell says the county road manager will have to make the call to start once the ground dries out enough.

The question is, what will happen when crews do arrive on the scene?

"We're still going to try to block it," says resident Arthur Tooles, one of several Kewanee Road residents against the project, "if necessary we will try to stand in front of the equipment, and we will try and block this any way we can."

Newell says he hopes it will not come to that, and he stands by his decision to try and give drivers another route on the rural road.

"[The landowner] has made out a deed to the county to give Lauderdale County that right of way so we could take that curve out, he also donated the dirt," explains Newell, "so that's two pluses there where I felt that was a plus in straightening out a 90 degree curve."

The group of concerned residents who have been speaking out against this project for weeks say the project is not worth it, and they say there are other areas, like parts of Johnson Road less than a mile away, that need more work.

"Everybody thinks it's for Kewanee residents, but it's going to cost around $200 to $300 thousand before they finish doing this road," says Tooles.

"If somebody else wanted us to look at a bad spot, and if they are willing to give the county that property," says Newell, "we'll be ready to look at it, and see if we can't make it better while we're out there."

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