(Town of Bennington, N.Y.) For residents who live on Friedman Road, west of Route 77, getting to their homes is a bouncing, skidding test of patience.
This section of Friedman Road is unpaved.
Now that warm weather and rain is causing the clay and dirt road service to soften, deep mud ruts are making it difficult for drivers to stay in their lanes.
"I go 10 miles per hour down the road. My neighbor went off the road into the ditch." says Evedne Petrillo, who has lived on Friedman Road for 48 years.
Homeowners fear that it is only a matter of time until a tragic accident occurs.
The Town of Bennington is frustrated also. "There are no easy answers," replies Highway Superintendent Rick Jenson.
The problem is that rebuilding the road with stone and oil will cost $250,000. Paving it will cost $350,000.
Superintendent Jenson says his budget is stretched to the limit and there is no money to add a new surface to Friedman Road.
The Town of Bennington has 69 roads to maintain - the most of any town in Wyoming County.
Residents are now calling on Wyoming County and New York State to step up and help the Town of Bennington before it is too late.
"Before someone gets seriously hurt or killed, something needs to be done," pleads Friedman Road resident Jason Dressel