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Aug 3, 2012 8:23 PM

Picture Rocks residents fed up with road condition

PICTURE ROCKS - Residents living on West Ina Road in Picture Rock are fed up with road conditions and want the county to fix them.

"Every day somebody has been getting stuck out here," said Wanda Hokison, who just moved into the area. "It's bad."

The dirt road is filled with sand that a previous rainstorm washed into the area and is scattered with exposed wire and piping under the road. This has residents in the area concerned.

"It's a hazard because of the sand and the ruts in the road and the wires showing," Mary Eckard told News 4 Tucson.

The neighborhood was notified that the school bus stop located on the stretch of road was cut off and moved to a nearby paved road. The road is in such bad shape that the mail man has to deliver the mail on foot.

Some locals in the area blame the county for the deterioration of the road.

"I can not believe the county isn't doing anything," James Mosij said just before driving the unmaintained road. "Looks like there's a lot of dangerous wires and tubes running underground."

However, Pima County officials insist that the area is a "right of way" road which leaves responsibility for maintence to the residents.

"There's no guarantee that there will be a road there or that road will be constructed or maintained in any fashion," explained Pima County spokesman David Cummings.

Cummings insists that in extreme circumstances, the county will respond.

"If there are exposed utilities or erosions you can't drive through then we will eventually make corrections if it is in county right of way," Cummings added. "The difference is that we will take care of that at the very end of the rest of our work."

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