Homeowners along a Lancaster County Street are frustrated over recent road work. Marietta Borough recently had West Fairview Avenue widened, from 20 feet to 28 feet. The road was turned into a one-way street and curbs were put in. Homeowners say the project has left a huge mess behind that they have to deal with.
“No one anticipated that it was going to look this bad or be this bad, to the point where we couldn’t even access our driveways,” said Barb Kauffman. She can’t get in or out of her driveway. “I’m frustrated! I have never seen road work where they have a total disregard for access to people’s property. Whether its ten inches or two inches,” said Kauffman.
Kauffman cares for her handicapped father. She now has to find other ways to take him places. “We have to take wood planks and put them down over the curb to get him over that at this point,” said Kauffman.
Kauffman says she will have to pay thousands of dollars to build up her driveway so that it meets the road.
Several of the homeowners fought the project by filing a lawsuit.
“We felt that they didn’t even own that land. We had a suit back in October but the judge ruled that the Borough has a sixty foot right of way from the street,” said Kauffman. “The ruling was in their favor, the Borough’s, and this is what we end of with. That’s what is frustrating. You go through all of the proper channels to try to prevent something like this from happening and it still happens.”
Homeowners are now also required to put in a four-foot sidewalk.
“It’s going to cost a fortune,” said Linda Ross. “We’re not here just talking about sidewalks. We’re talking here about tree removal that the residents have to pay for, re-grading which the residents have to pay for.”
Ross said she moved in years ago because of the scenic view along the street. In her eyes, that will all be gone. “We’re losing what we love and we have to pay for it.”
Homeowners say they hope Marietta Borough helps them fix the problem.
We reached out to borough members for comment but calls have not been returned.