Davis Road residents in Svea want better maintenance

Hazel Harper Davis Road Svea

Hazel Harper displays a bolt that she found on Davis Road. The county has replaced five of her tires due to debris in the fill rocks.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, July 22, 2013 at 02:35 PM.

SVEA — Some residents say Okaloosa County doesn't even address road concerns, but two Davis Road residents say the county doesn’t make proper repairs.

Davis Road, a dirt country lane, runs from State Road 85 north to the Alabama state line through the Svea community east of Laurel Hill. In dry weather, it's a drive through verdant farmland and beneath leafy shade trees. However, when it rains, Davis Road becomes a quagmire, resident Hazel Harper said.

"It's just a mess down here," she said. "Some of us have small cars. We're not all truck drivers."

Clay Simmons, Okaloosa County Public Works Roads Division manager, said plans are in place to return Davis to passable condition.

"When you got the kind of rainfall we've had of late, the routine problems have been amplified," he said.

Once washouts and standing water issues are addressed, the road will return to routine weekly grading maintenance, Simmons said.

However, Mike Harper, Hazel's son and neighbor, said the county doesn't do the maintenance correctly.

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