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Dusty Road Stirring Up Frustration for Andrew County Man

Gary Bisbee is upset with the amount of traffic and quality of gravel on his rural county road.
(ANDREW COUNTY, Mo.) Andrew County resident Gary Bisbee has a problem with the condition of the road in front of his home.

But, he's not upset about potholes.

"All the way back to my house it turns white," he said. "The inside of mailbox is white, my mail is white."

Bisbee lives on County Road 366 - a gravel road just outside of Savannah.

"I try to stay away from the road if I see someone coming," he said.

Bisbee said the dust is so bad that when he comes and gets his mail he has to clean it off before even bringing it inside of his house.

"If I don't get my mail out of there right away, I can't take it inside because it's just straight dust," he said.

Bisbee believes the dust is the result of more people using the road to get to a new school in Savannah and the county using a cheap product.

"What they actually put on the road was like powder," he said. "You could scoop it up in your hand. It looks like baby powder."

Randy Atkins is the Andrew County Road Supervisor and manages the nearly 531 miles of gravel roads in the county. He says all roads in the county use the same gravel.

"There isn't too many gravel roads across the nation that doesn't deal with dust in the summertime," Atkins said.

Atkins says a solution for dust in the summer months is a dust retardant that homeowners can order - something Bisbee says he wants the county to pay for themselves.

"Why should we pay for dust control when they're putting dust on the road," Bisbee said.

But the county says paying for 531 miles of dust control just isn't economically possible.

So in the meantime, Bisbee said he will continue to look for ways to fix this dusty issue.
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