Construction is now underway on the west end of Davenport

Why neighbors say repairs to Rockingham road are long overdue

DAVENPORT, iowa - "This one's been a long time. I mean they patched it up here and there and it just falls apart. You know, band-aid's do no good," says Steve Merriman.  

Steve Merriman has lived in the west end of davenport for over two decades. 

He says everyday traffic, including truck traffic has created potholes over the years.  

"Swerving around the potholes, and when you hit them, you can tell it's doing damage to your car," says Merriman.  

"You get people out there that hit those potholes," says Terrance Yancey.   

Tire Technician Terrance Yancey says on average they get about 30 drivers a week needing a tire change. 

He says a used tire can cost people anywhere from $25 to $60. 

"Of course it's good for us cause we're selling a tire, but some of them, you feel bad for," says Yancey.  

The city began construction on Rockingham Rd. at the end of May.  

The $3 million project will restructure the roads, sewers and sidewalks. 

In the meantime, drivers have to deal with construction traffic. 

"It's already a little bit chaotic down there," says Merriman. "I just got done waiting for a semi for about 10 min to turn the corner, but it is what it is."

To help alleviate traffic, city officials say workers are working on a third of the project at a time. 

Despite the congestion, everyone agrees a makeover for the west end is long over due. 

"The west end has a reputation of being kind of dirty, so i mean nice roads, it definitely does help and it makes the businesses look better," says Yancey. 

 

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