Pot Holes Remain a Problem on Fountain Cave Road

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Neighbors in Grottoes have been asking for one road to be paved for months.

Erin Fitzwater said it's hard to pull out of her family's driveway on Fountain Cave Road.

She is home with a broken ankle and trips to the hospital down the road are literally painful.

"He hit the pot hole and my ankle, just, I screamed in agony," said Fitzwater.

VDOT plans to fill these pot holes in a day or two.

"How much money have they put into scraping the road and putting gravel down, it could have paid for a new road maybe by now," said Fitzwater.

Funding is an issue, according to Larry Wills, the chairman of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors. Repairing just a mile of the road could cost anywhere from $500,000 to $700,000.

"I'm an individual who believes in not who knows who, but trying to work it through a system and the system I'm going to use will be road count and safety," said Wills.

Fountain Cave Road sees about 80 drivers a day and heavy trucks may mean higher costs for paving.

"There's enough to push those gravels out of those holes. And plus we have a poultry farm down the road and the trucks that come up and down the road are probably pretty hard on the road," said Mal Livick, Jr. who also lives on Fountain Cave Road.

The road is one of about 40 roads on a county list to pave.

"It would just make life easier driving," said Fitzwater.

But for now, it's a waiting game.

The county receives about $250,000 a year from the state to pave secondary roads which was cut from nearly $5 million twenty years ago.

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