first_imgFERN PRAIRIE — For decades, the single-lane, dead-end road was an adequate street for Richard Landis and the three other households that lived along it. But after a new subdivision was started at the end of the street, the roadway has crumpled under the weight of the increased traffic and bigger vehicles using the road.Landis and his neighbors live along Northeast 312th Avenue, a 10-foot-wide road less than 500 feet long in rural Clark County. About three years ago, a developer connected a 20-foot-wide private road to the end of Northeast 312th and started building an eight-house subdivision.“The development isn’t the issue,” Landis said, it’s the inadequacy of the road and what the residents perceive as willful ignorance of the situation by county officials.The neighbors say that over the last three years the large vehicles required to build the development have torn up the road, creating big potholes and, in the winter, huge mudholes.“Garbage trucks now are coming … and bigger trucks have dismantled the road,” said Middy Clark. “The road got so bad the postmaster said they wouldn’t deliver to us.”last_img

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