Socorro Residents Asking City for Help with Potholes
POSTED: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 9:25pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 7:35am
SOCORRO - Fray Olguin Rd. is a small, private dirt road in Socorro, cracked dry by the desert heat.
But with rains like last week that left much of Socorro flooded, the issue on Fray Olguin becomes potholes.
All of them large, all of them dangerous to cars. Neighbor Ramon Orozco says, "It's almost impossible to drive on it."
People living here say their cars are damaged by driving through the potholes and they've tried to take action.
Micaela Orozco has lived on this street for 25 years. She and her son asked the City of Socorro to repair the road, but a fix didn't come.
We spoke to others who also petitioned the City, to no avail. But the City says it's not that simple.
Since it's a private road, each homeowner needs to sign over their piece to the City before the road can be paved.
"The city is currently pursuing obtaining the final two releases out of a total of 22," said City Manager Manny Soto in a statement.
He says the two signatures missing are from the owners of empty lots on the street. That means tracking down those owners might be tricky.
In the meantime, residents like Ramon Orozco know what they want.
"Just pave the road, you can hear the cars getting hit every time they walk in here. It's ridiculous, it's just bad."
But until that happens, navigating the dips and dives will be a daily ritual for drivers on Fray Olguin.