DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- PennDOT officials presented a five to six-year plan to fix the potholes in Wayne County.
Residents said their roads have been neglected for years. PennDOT acknowledged that's true.
“We are going to do our damndest to do right because it's not right here,” Rich Roman of PennDOT said.
PennDOT officials opened the town hall meeting inside Damascus Elementary School in Wayne County with an apology and a plan.
The roads here are rough, but PennDOT presented a five-year plan to fix some of them, starting with Interstate 84 in Wayne County and a resurfacing project along Route 191.
Drivers remain skeptical.
“I've heard nothing but excuses for 22 years, and now you come here and tell me it's going to be another five-six years that something is going to be done with this road? Are you kidding me?” David Hanley of Equinunk said.
“I mean you're doing the same thing every year, and nothing changes. You put patches on patches on patches,” Robert Putnam of Damascus Township said.
One of the roads people are most concerned about here in Wayne County is Oregon Turnpike. A stretch of the road is riddled with potholes.
Ron Huber of Damascus Township uses Oregon Turnpike frequently. He said his car has taken a beating because of it.
“There's holes that are 8 to 10 inches deep. You can't miss them,” Huber added.
People said it's not uncommon to see posts about problem potholes whenever you log on to social media, and these craters are costly.
“A lot of people are living hand to mouth, week to week, and they blow a tire on the road, and they have to spend an extra $150-$200 bucks that could break them for the month. That's not right,” Huber said.
PennDOT officials promise to begin the long-awaited roadwork project as early as next month.