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Who is responsible for crumbling road repairs?

Posted at 11:42 PM, Mar 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-29 04:09:55-04

Residents and drivers who travel in the area of Mack Dairy and Indiantown roads say part of the area just north of the intersection is slowly washing away.

But, there's uncertainty surrounding who is responsible for repairing damage to road. It's gone unfixed for nearly a year, according to nearby residents.

A hole approximately 7 feet wide and 4 feet deep has opened up off Mack Dairy Road.

"Every time it rains, it gets bigger. It eats more and more of the pavement away," said nearby resident Hans Van Alphen.

He's watched the hole grow over the last year, now causing parts of the road to crumble.

He's placed a cone and caution tape on the road to warn drivers. "One of these days, someone will end up in the hole or hit another car," Van Alphen said.

He says he watches drivers veer into the other lanes to avoid the hole.

Van Alphen says he's called the Palm Beach County roads department multiple times. "Every time, you speak to somebody else and they say 'oh, we'll look into it'."

But, Van Alphen says it's not getting fixed.

The problem, he says, is an issue with determining who is responsible for the repair.

The South Indian River Water Control District says the responsibility could be up to the HOA of a nearby neighborhood, Ranch Colony.

The road is public, and a nearby fire station utilizes the road to get to rescue calls.

Ranch Colony is located in Martin County.

"Doesn't make any sense. This is a public road. Why would Palm Beach County turn over Maintenance to a subdivision in Martin County?" Van Alphen said.

Van Alphen just wants someone to fix the road before the rainy season soaks the street.

"Maybe I need to come out with a wheel burrow and fill it myself."

The SIRWMD says someone will likely talk to the county in the morning to check again if there is anything they can do to clarify who is responsible for repairs.