Turtle Lake Road concerns

No one likes drivers speeding past their homes, especially when they live along a gravel road.

That's exactly the problem some Adams County residents are having.

The county's working on Radio Road, so drivers who need to get to the city's compost site are detoured south to Turtle Lake Road.

But the detour has created some problems for residents who live there.

KHQA's Rajah Maples visited with those residents, many of whom say they've been left behind in the dust in the most literal sense.

Larry Hiland: "If they went 35, it wouldn't be so dusty. We drive 35, and it don't dust very much, but all the other people don't do that. They drive too fast."

Residents along Turtle Lake Road south of Quincy have had it with drivers speeding past their homes....*and* with the dust left behind.

Troy Kindhart: "Our house is a complete mess inside, and we don't live like bums. We're going to have to blow it out and completely redo our house."

Residents say their township has treated parts of the road to help cut down on the dust, but they say it's not enough.

The detour will take drivers an extra 15 minutes to get to Quincy's compost site. But some drivers are trying to make up for lost time by driving above the posted 35 mile per hour speed limit.

Adriane Schmitz: "A lot of people who come down here are from the city and are used to hard-surface roads. They don't understand how dangerous a gravel road can be."

Adriane Schmitz and Troy Kindhart understand the dangers first-hand. They lost a family member who died while driving along this accident they hope will never happen again, but very well could if drivers don't slow down.

We took some of their concerns to Adams County Sheriff Brent Fischer.

Rajah: "What's your response?"Sheriff Brent Fischer: "My response is we'll try to get there when we can and when we're available. We have done some monitoring, and we hope with public awareness and officers down there, it'll slow them down. The difficult part of this on our half is we can't be there 8 to 10 hours a day. It's just difficult when we're trying to monitor the entire county."

Residents also had questions for their township's highway commissioner.

Troy Kindhart: "It's just a terrible thing that whomever engineered this didn't do a better job."

Troy Kindhart and his wife, who both have back problems, usually swim in this pool behind their home every summer. But they've had to keep it closed so far. Increased traffic along the gravel road in front of their home has resulted in excess dust, which has coated everything from their yards to their homes....inside and out. The Kindharts aren't alone.

Bob Young & Larry Hiland: "You have to keep your house closed up."Bob Young: "We're taxpayers and we'd like to have something done down here."

Melrose Township has laid tree sap on parts of the road located directly in front of the homes.....but residents say that's not enough. We took some of their concerns to their township's highway commissioner.

Rajah: "A lot of residents along Turtle Lake Road are upset about increased dust and which the Township would do more to combat the dust. What's your response?Stan Reichert: "We put the tree sap down 3 times down there....that's a few weeks ahead of our schedule of when we normally put it down. In another few days, we may put down another coat of tree sap. Dust control in front of the houses looks like it's doing a pretty good job. But since it's so dry and haven't had any rain, the dust is carrying a ways down from the road, and unless we did the whole road, it's hard to get rid of all the dust."

Stan Reichert says the township has spent about 5-thousand dollars treating the road so far. He says it would be too expensive to treat the *entire* stretch of road, which is about 4 miles long.

We talked with Adams County Engineer RichardKlusmeyer, who's in charge of the Radio Road construction project.

He says he expects it to be finished within the next few days.