Good Samaritan spray paints potholes to warn motorists

Good Samaritan spray paints potholes to warn motorists

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Driving has gotten a little safer on the rough and bumpy streets in a Belhaven neighborhood.

A good Samaritan has used a spray paint can to highlight potholes on some highly traveled roadways.

"It kinda shows how intentional they want to be in getting this done," said Belhaven University freshman Connor Fordham.

The Alabama native admires the work of an unknown resident, who has outlined white neon around numerous potholes.

The warnings are spray painted around problem areas on Museum Drive—formerly Highland Drive—and Riverside Drive.

Residents are thankful to the person who painted edges of giant potholes that can be seen at night. Source: WLBT
Residents are thankful to the person who painted edges of giant potholes that can be seen at night. Source: WLBT

“Initially I kinda though it was a joke,” said Fordham. “As in like, they were just spray painting to indicate where they were and potentially they would come by and then refill them. But obviously now, I’m educated on that that was someone who did that in the neighborhood."

Marlaina Edwards of Morton believes the city should be making repairs, instead of citizens having to resort to spray painting the edges of the potholes as a warning.

“It makes it easier to find them during the day,” said Edwards. “You don’t have to hit them as hard. I travel it everyday, and I got to have an alignment on my car already.”

Some residents in Belhaven are petitioning their neighbors to adopt a pothole, name it and fill it with a plant, anything to give motorists a warning of the pitfalls and get the city’s attention.

“I came down this way and I saw all those, and I thought ‘what are they trying to tell us?’ They’re finally gonna do something,” said Jerry Pelly of Brandon. “I think all the residents ought to get together and do it everywhere they find one. Maybe that will get somebody off their butts.”

But across town in south Jackson, maneuvering one street is much more difficult because of the giant potholes that practically reach from one side of the street to the other.

Residents on Cornet Place of McDowell Drive say no amount of spray paint can help motorists avoid the giant craters. Source: WLBT
Residents on Cornet Place of McDowell Drive say no amount of spray paint can help motorists avoid the giant craters. Source: WLBT

“I have to like really dodge every pothole,” said Ashley Russell, who has lived on Cornet Place for 22 years.

Potholes take up both lanes of the street, a horror for drivers like Russell.

It's located just off McDowell Road.

Residents say no amount of spray paint could warn unknowing motorists of the dangers and depths of the ruptured pavement.

Gapping holes filled with water cover the street on Cornet Place at the intersection of McDowell Road. Source: WLBT
Gapping holes filled with water cover the street on Cornet Place at the intersection of McDowell Road. Source: WLBT

“I want the city to know, like do they know this street looks this bad. Like this ain’t the only street that look bad either. So they’re fixing up Terry Road. So I feel like they need to do a little something something on this side too,” added Russell.

According to motorists, the street has been nearly impassable for about two years.

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