Louisa, VA—Many residents in Louisa contacted the 8News Street Squad, asking what could be done to improve Depot Road; they say it is in complete disrepair, and fear that if nothing is done, it will become impossible to drive.
Dozens of potholes and huge puddles of water riddle Depot Road.
"The road is below the terrain, so the water doesn't have anywhere to go," says resident John Hayes.
The lack of drainage on the road has led to the severe pooling problems. Residents say when the weather is bad, the flooding makes it impossible for their vehicles to drive through, leaving homeowners in a precarious situation.
Frustrated resident Annette Hayes says, "I feel we the owners are innocent victims. We didn't sneak in here overnight."
A gravel crossing on the railroad track would help the problem, residents believe, and shorten the driving distance on Depot Road.
"It's the easiest, cheapest way to a solution. If the railroad would give us a crossing," says Annette Hayes.
Residents are not the only ones concerned: authorities are speaking up, too, saying the road's terrible condition could delay police and fire crews responding to an emergency.
"That can be life or death when you're talking about a medical emergency or a criminal incident," says Major Donnie Lowe of the Louisa County Sheriff's Office.
The road is owned by CSX Railroad. Residents say they offered to make some improvements to the road, but the railroad company refused.
When we asked CSX for answers about the situation, they submitted the following statement:
"The railroad in Louisa County was leased to the Buckingham Branch Railroad in 2004 to operate freight service and maintain the line. The road is on private railroad property and there is no agreement that we are aware of for private homeowners to use it. We will review the matter with the BBRR, but at this time there is no plan to make changes to the road."
We will continue to investigate this situation…stay with 8News for updates.
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