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JD Concerned Citizen

Baxley, GA

#1 Feb 14, 2013
The dirt roads in Jeff Davis county are horrible. On non-rainy days you think they would be decent enough to drive down but they're not. They are so bumpy that my vehicle is literally falling apart. Don't even get me started on the rainy days. I have to miss work, which means money out of my paycheck because the roads are so bad and God forbid that someone is having a heart attack or dying down my dirt road because I know the ambulance would not even come close to making it down our roads. This past week, numerous people have got stuck on the dirt roads. One truck even flipped on it's side, in the ditch that it was stuck in, when someone was trying to pull them out. Do you think the county cares about our vehicles getting tore up? No. But I bet that they all have nice paved roads to go down when it rains so that their vehicles won't fall apart. I found out just a few weeks ago that they were supposed to pave (I live far out on Hatton Still dirt road) Hatton Still dirt road a year ago. But it's funny how they still have not even cared to attempt to pave it. I've had numerous people come to me and tell me that if they could at least pave one of the main dirt roads off the alma highway then they could deal with just going down a tiny bit of dirt road to make it to their house. Something needs to be done about this. Unless the COUNTY wants to start paying me and everyone else that has to miss work, because they can not make it down their dirt roads, for the days they can't leave their own house to provide for their families; and start paying for our vehicles to get fixed because the dirt roads are tearing them apart. They can take the time out to pay for roads that are ALREADY paved to get repaved then they could take the time to help out it's current residents.
Do Good

Fitzgerald, GA

#2 Feb 14, 2013
JD Concerned Citizen wrote:
The dirt roads in Jeff Davis county are horrible. On non-rainy days you think they would be decent enough to drive down but they're not. They are so bumpy that my vehicle is literally falling apart. Don't even get me started on the rainy days. I have to miss work, which means money out of my paycheck because the roads are so bad and God forbid that someone is having a heart attack or dying down my dirt road because I know the ambulance would not even come close to making it down our roads. This past week, numerous people have got stuck on the dirt roads. One truck even flipped on it's side, in the ditch that it was stuck in, when someone was trying to pull them out. Do you think the county cares about our vehicles getting tore up? No. But I bet that they all have nice paved roads to go down when it rains so that their vehicles won't fall apart. I found out just a few weeks ago that they were supposed to pave (I live far out on Hatton Still dirt road) Hatton Still dirt road a year ago. But it's funny how they still have not even cared to attempt to pave it. I've had numerous people come to me and tell me that if they could at least pave one of the main dirt roads off the alma highway then they could deal with just going down a tiny bit of dirt road to make it to their house. Something needs to be done about this. Unless the COUNTY wants to start paying me and everyone else that has to miss work, because they can not make it down their dirt roads, for the days they can't leave their own house to provide for their families; and start paying for our vehicles to get fixed because the dirt roads are tearing them apart. They can take the time out to pay for roads that are ALREADY paved to get repaved then they could take the time to help out it's current residents.
There is only one group who is responsible for this - County Commissioners.
JD Concerned Citizen

Baxley, GA

#3 Feb 14, 2013
Exactly. They have the funds; they are just too worried about making sure their roads are paved and they don't care about the citizen's roads.
Just a thought

United States

#4 Feb 15, 2013
Do you realize how many miles of dirt roads are there? Hundreds and road grade travels at a working speed of 4 miles per hour and you only have two of them. Some of the roads are washed out due to the storm , Of course those will be fixed first then the so called bumpy roads will be taken care of. No one can control Mother Nature . Give them time and your roads will be back to normal. In all I personally think the county road Dept does a great with what little they have to work with. On the other hand if the Developmental Authority would spend more time on getting new business here than worrying about whats for lunch and trying to fool the locals that their so busy we would have more revenue to improve all of the roads.
jdh2014

Pooler, GA

#5 Feb 15, 2013
Hell no just because i cant leave my house on the weekends and go out like everyone else cuz my dirt road is messed up is retarded. i live out on the douglas high way and i can't go no where when it storms. i agree they need to get off there no good lazy but and fix them. my truck has been messed up so many times it aint even funny. i have to bust my but at work to pay for my dang truck !
withoutadoubt

Savannah, GA

#6 Feb 15, 2013
It doesn't matter how many miles of dirt roads the county has, nor how many roadscrapers, in our part of the county they will come out here and scrape one of the four connecting roads and then go back to town. Sometimes they will work two, but never all four!!!!!!!!!! This is being done with the price of fuel. How smart is that?????????? The roads are so washed out on the sides now, two cars cannot even meet. Yes, we've had over five inches of rain in this section, but they hadn't worked the roads in over a month before that. We need someone over the road department with a little common sense---oops!!!!!!, forgot no one in this county has any. I completely understand funds are short, but, it takes fuel to drive the five or six miles back to the county barn, fuel, that could be used working the other roads in the area.
Observer

Talladega, AL

#7 Feb 16, 2013
I do not know who that young fellow that operates one of those road graders is, but he does a very good job. When he scrapes the road, he gets under the bump and the road comes as smooth as a sheet of paper for a few days. He does a better job than the old men they used to have that scraped the roads for years. That young man is very nice and carries a very contagiously pleasant wave when we see him around. The good job performance and generous attitude that the young man displays is probably the good upbringing that he has endured by his parents. Bravado off to them!!
Do Good

Fitzgerald, GA

#8 Feb 16, 2013
What Jeff Davis folks forget is that is one of the platforms the commissioners run on. Elect me for better roads - four years later - I need another term to get it all done. The ans. is - fix them and then maintain them - too complicated for our commissioners.
sunshineeyes

Fitzgerald, GA

#9 Feb 16, 2013
I live on a dirt road...it is pure hell when it is raining or no rain.....when they do scrap..it seems worse.mounds of dirt left on road.wire .looks like part of a fence in road........why does this county not hire people who knows how to operate that machiniary?politics i guess run this county......sorry county.wish i could afford to move away.Have never seen such a county.that matters.whose who....And as far as businesses,,what a joke......
Ex Tobacco Buyer

Benton, KY

#10 Feb 17, 2013
Gravel and grading is a good idea in a rural area, paving is not. Back 25-40 years ago Kentucky paved every pig path in the state. Now that the state's budget is short there is no money to fix them they are full of potholes.

Take a que from Kansas and the Plains States. Almost all of the country "section line" roads are dirt, but they keep them graveled and graded.
wondering

Savannah, GA

#11 Feb 18, 2013
Why do you live on a dirt road? If it is family land that you inherited, that is one thing. If you chose to move there, then that is another story.
Do Good

Fitzgerald, GA

#12 Feb 18, 2013
The only point to this whole line is - are the roads in Jeff Davis well prepared and maintained?
Gsh

Alma, GA

#13 Jan 23, 2017
JD Concerned Citizen wrote:
The dirt roads in Jeff Davis county are horrible. On non-rainy days you think they would be decent enough to drive down but they're not. They are so bumpy that my vehicle is literally falling apart. Don't even get me started on the rainy days. I have to miss work, which means money out of my paycheck because the roads are so bad and God forbid that someone is having a heart attack or dying down my dirt road because I know the ambulance would not even come close to making it down our roads. This past week, numerous people have got stuck on the dirt roads. One truck even flipped on it's side, in the ditch that it was stuck in, when someone was trying to pull them out. Do you think the county cares about our vehicles getting tore up? No. But I bet that they all have nice paved roads to go down when it rains so that their vehicles won't fall apart. I found out just a few weeks ago that they were supposed to pave (I live far out on Hatton Still dirt road) Hatton Still dirt road a year ago. But it's funny how they still have not even cared to attempt to pave it. I've had numerous people come to me and tell me that if they could at least pave one of the main dirt roads off the alma highway then they could deal with just going down a tiny bit of dirt road to make it to their house. Something needs to be done about this. Unless the COUNTY wants to start paying me and everyone else that has to miss work, because they can not make it down their dirt roads, for the days they can't leave their own house to provide for their families; and start paying for our vehicles to get fixed because the dirt roads are tearing them apart. They can take the time out to pay for roads that are ALREADY paved to get repaved then they could take the time to help out it's current residents.
I know man I wish we can go to school tomorrow.
Road man

Savannah, GA

#14 Jan 23, 2017
The problem with most county roads is poor drainage, most all drain pipes and cross drains are clogged with dirt and sand, if they aren't cleaned out and kept clean the roads will wash out every time it rains, just like they do. Not to mention, most of the dirt roads have been scraped to the point of being lower than the surrounding land, so the rain washes the roads out again.
Mii

Cordele, GA

#15 Jan 24, 2017
I agree as far as the washout goes, but the bumpiness is a different story. The washboard like bumps are caused from people driving to fast on them. If everybody would keep it under the speed limit of 35 this will not happen. If you don't believe me look it up for yourself. There is lots of information about it, just google it.
Mii

Cordele, GA

#16 Jan 24, 2017
wondering wrote:
Why do you live on a dirt road? If it is family land that you inherited, that is one thing. If you chose to move there, then that is another story.
I agree. This is like buying a house on the river and complaining because it gets flooded.
Civics Lesson 101

Powder Springs, GA

#17 Jan 24, 2017
Most people in the country want to get off the grid. They want to be in the middle of no where but they also want electriticy, cable tv, wifi, water, sewage and paved roads. They want all of this but they do not want to pay the county taxes for what it costs. The fewer the people wanting to pay and the higher the cost. If you want all of this lived on a paved road closer to town or in town.
Country Boy II

Ocala, FL

#18 Jan 26, 2017
Civics Lesson 101 wrote:
Most people in the country want to get off the grid. They want to be in the middle of no where but they also want electriticy, cable tv, wifi, water, sewage and paved roads. They want all of this but they do not want to pay the county taxes for what it costs. The fewer the people wanting to pay and the higher the cost. If you want all of this lived on a paved road closer to town or in town.
We pay our taxes and bills, we have a right to live where ever we want and have decent roads. County needs to get off their ass and eithe grade or pave the roads.
Tanya

Athens, GA

#19 Jan 27, 2017
Civics Lesson 101 wrote:
Most people in the country want to get off the grid. They want to be in the middle of no where but they also want electriticy, cable tv, wifi, water, sewage and paved roads. They want all of this but they do not want to pay the county taxes for what it costs. The fewer the people wanting to pay and the higher the cost. If you want all of this lived on a paved road closer to town or in town.
So you're saying people shouldn't have the right to basic utilities and necessities if they choose to live out in the country? I guess we should just use hand pumps for well water, cook with a wood stove, drive a horse and wagon, and use the Pony Express for our mail...Nevermind that most of us own large acreage, which is usually farm land, and we pay hefty taxes for this. Guess it never occurred to you that we who live on dirt roads choose to be somewhat isolated from idiots like you.
Civics Lesson 101

Powder Springs, GA

#20 Jan 27, 2017
Tanya wrote:
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So you're saying people shouldn't have the right to basic utilities and necessities if they choose to live out in the country? I guess we should just use hand pumps for well water, cook with a wood stove, drive a horse and wagon, and use the Pony Express for our mail...Nevermind that most of us own large acreage, which is usually farm land, and we pay hefty taxes for this. Guess it never occurred to you that we who live on dirt roads choose to be somewhat isolated from idiots like you.
Well, I guess you kind of asked the question and answered it yourself. You want to own a bunch of land but you dont want to pay taxes which are basically low and then get government entitlements or price supports for either not planting something or planting something which there is not a market for.

Hazlehurst Mills which has been there for years pays property taxes, gives people jobs and has to make a profit. If they don't make a profit the business goes bankrupt, property taxes are not paid and people loose jobs thus not being able to pay their taxes.

Also, I don't think people have the right to basic untilities and necesissities if they cannot pay the cost to get it to where they want it.

If you want to live off the grid, then live off of the grid with hand pumps, a wooden stove or whatever.

Just don't ask us living in town to pay for it.

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