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Dangerous Road Avoided By Locals

July 6, 2013

To The Reader’s Forum: I am writing this letter in regards to your recent article about the condition of Rt. 76 between Sherman and Clymer....

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rodrickson

Jul-06-13 2:47 AM

Ramen.

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ironyoozesfromyouryap

Jul-06-13 8:05 AM

Soooo...if all the locals are complaining, where is the proof? Perhaps they are, but just calling someone a "liar" doesn't prove a point.

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mommap

Jul-06-13 8:36 AM

YOU want proof?? Would you like copies of letters or emails? The writer has and so have I. Several of my friends and neighbors have contacted DOT as well. So, there's your proof.

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KCW007

Jul-06-13 9:51 AM

Complaints about dangerous conditions on public right of ways (roads/sidewalks) really need to be made via "certified return" or "registered" mail to the appropriate department/person; although e-mail might also serve the purpose today too. Without any legally documented "proof of service" government types will deny that the required "prior notification of defect" ever took place if claims for damages are filed (phone calls, uncertified mail, face to face conversation is legally worthless) . Such communication must be reasonably specific as to the nature of the defect(s), ie "several deep potholes on both sides of the road between 123 & 149 Main Street". Once put on proper legal notice, government authorities are allowed a reasonable time frame to take appropriate action.

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KCW007

Jul-06-13 9:57 AM

I should mention too that the failure of government authority to take appropriate action, once duly notified of dangerous defects, opens the government to liability for damages suffered subsequent to such notification.

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ironyoozesfromyouryap

Jul-06-13 12:20 PM

"YOU want proof?? Would you like copies of letters or emails? The writer has and so have I. Several of my friends and neighbors have contacted DOT as well. So, there's your proof."

Yes, proof would be required in the case of accusations of people "lying". That's how adult logical discourse works.

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hoser48

Jul-06-13 1:36 PM

The road authorities should not have to be told about deplorable road conditions. An inspection which should be routinely performed is all that would be necessary to determine the safety of the road. That's their job.

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KCW007

Jul-06-13 2:26 PM

Unfortunately hoser48, today's reality is that long term infrastructure defect issues often do go unattended to. Most commonly it's a matter of resources (ie. money) but politics can also be a factor. As a legal matter, governments are protected by what is known as "Municipal Immunity" for damages resulting from "defects" which are not duly reported as per my post @ 9:51a.m. Unless they have been served in a recognized fashion, government agencies WILL in fact deny knowing anything about a dangerous issue, especially if an injury occurs as a result of the defect. Denial in such instances IS S.O.P. for government agencies, which is why complaints NEED to be properly delivered in an established, provable format, otherwise you're just flapping your gums.

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bluesman

Jul-06-13 3:07 PM

Before they can fix the roads that need to be fixed, they have to fix the roads that don't need to be fixed. You forget who your're dealing with here.

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bluesman

Jul-06-13 3:10 PM

that should be you're, my bad. (Now they probably won't fix the roads and blame me.)

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