Hancock County Residents Want To See Stripes On The Road

Longfellow Road in Hancock County is very dark, and with just few lights on the street and no road stripes, it's often hard to judge if you're driving in correct lane. Hancock County resident Clyde Ladner knows that all too well.

"For one thing, older people like myself have trouble seeing at night. You can't judge your distance properly if you don't have some focus point," Ladner said. "Someone could get hurt or killed especially if you happen to go into one of the deep ditches and your car should roll over."

Ladner is President of the Clermont Harbor Civic Association. He says many of the roads in his community are narrow and with no stripes, cars often come close to side swiping one another. He's had several close calls himself.

"Like the street that goes from Clermont Harbor to Waveland, it's a dangerous road anyway it has a lot of S curves because most people go on the wrong side of the road to take the curves," Ladner said. "I've almost been hit head-on three or four times."

County leaders say the lack of road stripes is not a problem exclusive to the Clermont Harbor Community. They say they purchased a striping machine a year ago for the Road Department, and so far more than 30 miles of County roads have been striped. Twenty more miles will be done this fall.

"You're looking at $1,500 a mile if you contract it out, and it takes about $300 a mile if we do it with our own people," District 5 Supervisor Jay Cuevas said. "The cost factor is the reason why we don't knock this out all at one time."

The county's road superintendent said he was in the process of looking at all county roads. He said he plans to turn over a list of the roads that still need stripped to county supervisors in October.

Members of the Clermont Harbor Civic Association hope several of the roads in their community are on that list. County supervisors say once they receive a list of the roads that need striping, they'll prioritize them based on how heavily traveled they are. The goal is to stripe all roads in the County, but supervisors say that will take time and money.