Gravel road creates dust problem for residents


Frank Battilochi has been living on Edwards Road in New Athens for several years. He said he likes where he lives, but really doesn’t like one thing, the dust. 

“Actually when the trucks come by you can’t see nothing. The dust is so bad you can’t enjoy your life out on the porch or anything it’s ridiculous out here,” said Battilochi.

Frank said every vehicle that passes by on the gravel road creates a huge cloud of dust that blows to each house and collects on their porches, in their yards, on their cars, and lingers in the air. Frank said the dust flies when cars are not passing the road too. Frank said cars are the least of their concerns, huge trucks use the road everyday to get to the limestone quarry and different wells on the road.

“If you try to sit out on the porch the truck goes by and the dust is right up on the porch where you’re sitting,” said Battilochi.

Frank said other people who live on the road joined together and asked New Athens for some help.

“We went over to the town hall or what is that the city garage? The township garage, and all the people over there and they said we have limited funding on all this stuff over here,” said Battilochi.

The township did a chip and seal after they heard about the road but Frank said it only lasted around a month or two. Frank said his neighbors don’t want to complain, but not being able to enjoy their porches or even outdoor grills has gotten very frustrating.

“We’d like to see them chip and seal it real good, bond the road, or have the trucks go a different route. By getting this fixed out here so we don’t gotta live this way. You can’t enjoy the outside or nothing. It’s bad enough when you cut grass you’re kicking up limestone dust,” said Battilochi.

7News reached out to Harrison County but no one was available for comment.

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