MARSHALL COUNTY, Alabama – Residents of Shin Point Road in Marshall County say it is difficult to get to and from their homes due to unsafe road conditions, and they just want help getting the county maintain the road.
“When it rains, you don’t know what you’ll find on the way down. We don’t know where the ruts and the biggest ditches will be. On a daily basis, it tears our vehicles apart, ”explains Kevin Alfieri.
Imagine living in a place where ambulances, fire trucks, the postal service, garbage pick-up, deliveries of all kinds… would not come to you. It is the daily life of the people living near Shin Point Road.
“My sister lives next to me. I couldn’t even get him an ambulance and had to rush him to the hospital for a heart attack, ”explains Joanne Estes.
It is a daily struggle for the more than 20 people who live on the hill. What if they need help?
“What will happen if someone dies here because of this?” Says Joanne Estes.
Marshall County Commissioner for District 2, Rick Watson, said Shin Point Road is not a county road and therefore the county cannot do any work or maintenance on it.
“He says it’s a private road and there’s nothing they can do about it. But I’ve talked to firefighters, sheriffs, FEMA, I’ve talked to a lot of people. This is considered a public road, ”Lisa Carroll said.
Commissioner Watson says when the road was built by a developer decades ago, it was never officially added to the county’s inventory list. Residents who live on Shin Point Road say that years ago Marshall County helped maintain the road by bringing in supplies to fill in ruts and holes.
“They told us we had to bring it up to code, which meant we had to pay out of pocket over $ 150,000, then hold it for 12 months, then the county would take it back,” says Kevin Alfieri.
To add to the frustration of residents, McKenny Road which leads to a house just across from Shin Point Road is being repaired by the county.
“It’s not fair, one house for 20 houses. It’s a waste of money for me, ”says Lisa Carroll.
Money Kevin Alfieri says the county has it, but the people who live on the road don’t.
“We don’t have the money for a lawyer. Every time we get a little bit of money, we spend a little bit on the earth to try to mend the holes a bit, “says Kevin Alfieri.
Neighbors say they don’t know what to do and just need help getting a safe road. Marshall County Commissioner Rick Watson has said his hands are legally tied and there is nothing he can do to help him until he meets county standards.
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