Potholes slow down the Old Town community

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With the snow melting away, cracks in the sidewalks and potholes in the roads may be a problem for shoppers and drivers. (Photo by Christine LaRouere)

With the snow melting away, cracks in the sidewalks and potholes in the roads may be a problem for shoppers and drivers on Grand Rive Avenue. (Photo by Christine LaRouere)

By Christine LaRouere
Old Town Lansing Times staff writer

OLD TOWN LANSING — Since the snow seems to be melting away, storeowners such as Kristin Olson are noticing the damage it caused to sidewalks and roads throughout Old Town.

The owner of Love, Betti said even though each store is responsible for shoveling and maintenance of certain parts of the sidewalk it doesn’t always do the trick of keeping everything maintained.

“Everyone is responsible for cleaning up their own section of the sidewalks,” Olson said. “Everything is beaten up now due to the impact of the severe weather.”

Help is on the way

According to MLive.com, on March 11, lawmakers in Michigan passed a fund of $215 million, specifically $100 million of that money going to fill potholes and fix streets. MLive further explained that the money will come from the general fund, with one portion for road agencies hit hard by the winter and the other portion set aside for a list of construction projects around the state.

Even though the workers seems to be trying their best when it comes to repairs, Olson said there can always be room for improvement.

“They could be doing a better job, but I’m sure they are doing the best they can,” Olson said.

Alicia Trantum, staff member at October Moon Art Gallery and Boutique, said roads have been hard to drive on, specifically Washington Road.

“Washington Road is beyond scary,” Trantum said. “There are some serious potholes down there.”

Even though the roads are a bit torn down, staff worker at Aggie Mae’s Bakery of the Lansing City Market Hannah Ware said everything else around town such as store signs look to still be intact.

“So far everything for the outside of our store withheld during the winter,” Ware said. “Even everything around town seems ok.”

With some knowledge of road construction from her husband, Barbara Hamm, artisan cooperative for Great Lakes Artworks, said she sees the workers trying to fix the potholes and cracks in the sidewalks, but not everything can be patched up.

“I do see the guys patching up the work all the time,” Hamm said. “However, between the constant freezing and thawing, not everything can be fixed … Potholes are potholes.”

Public benches are replaced about every couple years through the city of Lansing. (Photo by Christine LaRouere)

Public benches are replaced about every couple years through the city of Lansing. (Photo by Christine LaRouere)

A mix of feelings around town

In regards to the city involvement, Hamm said the enforcement of snow removal on the sidewalks is something they need to improve.

Hamm also said she called the city many times to complain about the enforcement of the policy, but they did not do much about it.

“There needs to be a better enforcement on the snow removal policy,” Hamm said. “The elderly or physically handicap have a tough time, and sometimes they walked out in traffic.”

Trantum also said cleaning around the store was another thing that needs to be touched up around Old Town.

“The sidewalks held up well, but it has just been cleaning up the sand and dirt left behind ” Trantum said. “It is also cleaning up the trash and everything else that had been buried from the snow.”

Contact reporter Christine LaRouere: larouerec@gmail.com, (734) 536- 5237

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