Belen neighborhood worries about safety of road | KOB 4

Belen neighborhood worries about safety of road

July 16, 2018 10:29 PM

BELEN, N.M. - Take a drive down Oakhurst Blvd. in Belen and you will notice more than a few dips in the road.


It’s the result of heavy rain over the past week.

Residents say every rainstorm or flood prompts the same laborious routine.

"My husband and I own a four-by-four so we have an old railroad tie, one of the big heavy ones, so we put them on cables and drag the roads because otherwise, people can't even drive in," said Betty Mascarena.

The bigger fear is that a storm could make it nearly impossible for first responders to use the road.

The road is public and residents are wondering why the county isn’t making sure it’s usable.

The county public works director says it's a process to take over ownership and maintenance of this type of neighborhood easement.
It requires a petition and commission approval. That hasn’t happened in this specific case.

The public works director says once a petition is submitted they can take steps to have additional research conducted, like how much it would cost to get it up to county standards. Until then, residents can present a request for emergency services



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