Driving on Bad Roads Drives Orindans Crazy

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Nothing is worse than driving over a pothole while drinking and spilling all over yourself. Or driving over a pothole while trying to eat and biting your lip. Or, even worse, driving over a pothole while rocking out to your favorite Ke$ha song so the song skips. Most of us have experienced one of these tragic incidents, which seem unavoidable while driving in Orinda.

The potholes near Orinda Country Club and Glorietta are arguably the worst in the entire town.
“Driving past OCC to and from school is like riding a roller coaster,” said sophomore Nick Solit.

“Sometimes we try to get air off of certain bumps, but if we don’t see a bump coming we usually hit our heads. I’m not sure why the roads haven’t been fixed yet because they have become hazardous.”

“The roads around here are horrible,” said Alissa Lillie, another resident of Camino Sobrante, the road near OCC.  “You don’t have to look far from our driveway to find potholes and cracks in the asphalt.  Almost all the roads around here are terrible.”

The potholes on Crest View Drive became so unbearable that residents took matters into their own hands. Because the city refused to pave their unbearably bumpy and worn-down road, each resident pitched in about $1000 dollars to have the street paved. “The roads were in terrible shape and since Orinda wouldn’t fund us we had to do it ourselves,” said Crest View resident and Miramonte junior Sarah Vaccaro.  “The process was simple though. The workers started after we left for school and all the parents left for work, which made it easy. It was definitely worth it.”

According to Orinda’s mayor, Victoria Smith, the city usually spends between $800,000 to $1.2 million per year repairing Orinda’s roads and drains. The city uses a computer program called StreetSaver to determine which roads need the most urgent repairing. Roads to and from schools are usually the main priority because they get the most use.

“Until we find another funding source, we won’t be able to fix the neighborhood roads except in the case of emergency,” said Smith.

Smith acknowledges drivers’ concerns about the condition of the roads and the expensive cost of car repairs and invites students to help find a solution.