Guest Column: Commissioner Riley, Chief of Staff Berger harming lives of Jackson Run residents

Dust from construction covers the railroad tracks and surrounding vicinity near Jackson Run subdivision in west Montgomery County as a result of a road project under Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley’s management.

Kim Newsome, GUEST COLUMNIST

We need help in Jackson Run, Montgomery County, Commissioner’s Precinct 2.

Commissioner Charlie Riley and his Chief of Staff, Bruce Berger, are not doing right by their constituents, with regard to the current Jackson Road project.

I have been documenting the project with photos and videos. It is dangerous. It is a mess. It is a circus.

Now, thick dust has overtaken the Jackson Run neighborhood (and road). Contractors use our entrance for a storage, resting, and dumping site. An 18- wheeler, hauling cargo, just drove down our tiny street.

This entire project has overtaken our lives, our cars, our lungs, our peace, and piece of mind. If there is anything you could do to help us, we would greatly appreciate it.

Screen shot of video footage at the front of Jackson Run subdivision, October 29, 2018.

Charlie Riley and Bruce Berger are not listening.

The photograph at the top shows the dust coming through the trees into our neighborhood. On this past Sunday night around 8 p.m., the next photograph shows the driving condition of Jackson Road.

Jackson Road, Sunday, October 28, 2018.

When the road conditions are that way, you couldn’t see to drive. My neighbor and I both missed our turn on Churchill Downs, because we couldn’t see. There is also a railroad Crossing at the entrance of our subdivision.

Railroad crossing near entrance to Jackson Run subdivision.

We are constantly driving on washboarded roads. We have to drive 10 miles per hour for safety. Commissioner Riley has provided no consistent grading, and as you can see, some workers are wearing protective face masks. But Commissioner Riley is letting the residents, his constituents, travel around unprotected.

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