Driver compares Ottawa Beach Rd. to third world country

PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A driver contacted the WZZM 13 Information Center to let the station know that Ottawa Beach Road is filled with hazardous potholes and other cracks in the asphalt.

WZZM 13's Holland reporter Alex Shabad, checked it out and found road commission workers patching part of the street. However, drivers say a more permanent solution is needed and they compared conditions to what people might see in a third world country.

"This is like driving through Bosnia, maybe you should leave it this way for the Romanian tourists," says one driver.

"This is the worst it's been, I've been here about 15 years and I've never seen it this bad," says another driver.

"This is the primary access to Holland State Park, one million visitors a year go down this road. It needs to be resurfaced prior to Memorial Day," says William Cleair, a concerned resident who contacted WZZM 13.

The Ottawa County Road Commission told 13 On Your Side that it can't make a long-term fix to the road until the weather warms up, because the materials won't work properly.

A major improvement project was already scheduled on Ottawa Beach Road for September. However, now the road commission says it will begin paving some of the worst sections of the street in April.


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