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Pothole-Plagued Road In Horizon City Owned By Many, Fixed By None

Dodging potholes in Horizon City has recently become routine for area residents – especially along one particular street.

Pothole after pothole pops up along Berryville Street, just off of Eastlake Boulevard.

“The potholes are just getting bigger and bigger,” Catherine Hamstell said. She uses the street everyday to get to work and get back home.

Some of the potholes are at least six inches deep, leaving drivers with no choice but to weave in and around them, which sometimes forces motorists into oncoming traffic.

“This is a very dangerous road,” Hamstell said. “It’s like an obstacle course going down this road.”

Hamstell said she is so concerned about the street’s conditions that she has even tried to find out who is responsible for fixing it.

“I believe that we need somebody out here to take care of this. I contacted the city and the county,” Hamstell said. “Everyone claims that they don’t own this road.”

That’s correct – depending on what portion of the road you are talking about.

The El Paso County Central Appraisal District’s office said the state of Texas, El Paso County and private land owners all own different sections of the street. Residents said they just want the street repaired before someone or something gets hurt

“Its dangerous. it’s very dangerous,” Hamstell said. “It’s disappointing that we pay a lot of tax money to fix these road. we should have some decent roads.”

CAD officials said the private owners who own sections of the street are in the process of turning it over to the county, but until that happens, county officials said they are not responsible for any repairs.

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