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'Road to nowhere' gets repaved; money well spent?

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

It's been months since the last snowflake fell, but Chicago residents are still hitting potholes that make your teeth chatter.

Which is why one Southside resident was puzzled when construction crews began repaving a road that virtually no one uses.

"I call this the road to nowhere," Doris Brooks said.

Brooks said she was stunned last month when work crews began tearing up and repaving a two block stretch of Holland Drive, between 87th and 89th streets.

The street is bordered by a tall embankment leading to railroad tracks on one side and acres of empty property on the other. The nearest house is about a block away.

The city said that it cost $66,000 to rebuild the stretch.

Brooks, who is running for 21st Ward Alderman, said that money could be better spent.

"It makes me furious. It makes me furious because there are places in the 21st Ward where the potholes have now turned into craters," Brooks said.

She’s referring to a massive pothole in a residential neighborhood just a few blocks away.

"Those are the holes that need to have a complete street repavement. They are not the roads to nowhere. They are roads to our homes," Brooks added.

However, the road to nowhere does lead somewhere -- to the Dunbar Bus Transportation Company.

"Over the years the potholes got really bad," said Jasmine Parker, company supervisor of Dunbar Transportation.

Parker said they wrote letters and called 21st Ward Alderman Howard Brookins about Holland drive, which she said was so cratered and battered it was destroying their buses.

"Our buses were getting chopped up. Employees' cars were getting chopped up and everything. But now that they've paved it it's done justice. It's good," Parker said.

Brooks added, "How many people have you talked to as a newsman where they're breaking they're axels, destroying their cars? They can't get to their homes because of potholes. So, what are we doing?"

The $66,000 came out of Alderman Brookins' discretionary ward funds. He told FOX 32 News that the road was in such bad shape that something had to be done.

He also said it just proves the old adage in politics -- you can't please everybody.

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