North Okaloosa private road's erosion raises public safety concerns

Private drive eroded

Residents living on Meadow Lake Drive seek a solution for increasing erosion on the roadway near South Ferdon Boulevard.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 11:36 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Residents living off Meadow Lake Drive, near Clyde Reese Pond, want repairs for the damaged roadway, which they say is a hazard for motorists.

The private road, between Beach Community Bank and Hot Spot Cigars and Coffee, has been steadily eroding, according to Shelton and Angelia Junger, who have lived in Meadow Lake subdivision for 12 years.

"There are about 20 to 25 families in our neighborhood," Angelia said. "All of us are worried about it."

Shelton, a retired mechanical supervisor with 50 years' construction experience, contends that broken asphalt and clay potholes come from Hot Spot's recently added water retention pond.  

"The water is seeping through (pond's barrier)," he said. "The water has softened the clay up under the road, and now it's just mush."

Steve Lancaster — who, with his wife, co-owns the cigar and coffee shop — said he contacted the engineer responsible for the pond as soon as he heard about the problem.

Meadow Lake's age and lack of storm water drainage have contributed to its deterioration, Lancaster said.

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