Woman: With gas industry, benefits of quiet country road are lost

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Kristine Waltz is concerned about gas industry truck traffic destroying her neighborhood.

Waltz lives on Carey Hill Road, which begins just north of Eder’s Ice Cream off Route 87 and runs east about five miles.

“It’s just been the last few months, and it started with construction trucks going up to build a well pad,” Waltz said. “Now there’s water trucks and it’s a 24-hour-a-day operation as the pavement is vaporizing before your eyes.”

Carey Hill Road is maintained by the state, but it is certainly not a highway.

“They’ve had private contractors patching it lately. It looks like a four-mile quilt,” Waltz said. “It was really only a lane and a half anyway with no guardrails, and when the trucks come down, you have to go out on the berm.”

Waltz has spoken to several neighbors who have had close calls with the passing trucks.

“I’m not so worried that the trucks are going to hit someone, but that someone might go off the road and hit a tree or something,” she said. “You have to slow down a lot because of the potholes.”

Waltz hopes the gas companies that make use of Carey Hill Road can make some concessions to those who live there.

“I know they’re just doing their job,” she said. “But I don’t know when they’ll be done or if there’s plans to repair the road … it’d be nice if they’d take a break in the morning, when people are going to work. They travel in threes or fours and, if you get behind them, they can make you late.”

And it’s not just the driving aspect that has changed on the road.

“There were always people on the road walking, running, walking their dogs,” Waltz said. “Nobody can do that now.”