‘It’s not fit to drive on’

Con­cerned Queens County res­i­dent puts up cau­tion signs

The Queens County Advance - - COMMUNITY - BY AETHNE HINCH­LIFFE

Stephen Bow­ers has taken warn­ing peo­ple about road con­di­tions into his own hands.

Bow­ers, a life­long Ea­gle Head res­i­dent, re­cently made half a dozen cau­tion signs to warn driv­ers about pot­holes in his com­mu­nity and sur­round­ing ar­eas. The signs have yel­low and red back­grounds and say, ‘Cau­tion: 20 yr pot­holes ahead.’

“The road’s full of pot­holes, grass, you name it. It’s not fit to drive on,” said Bow­ers.

The road is not safe to drive on ei­ther, he added.

“You’re al­ways fix­ing the front of your truck be­cause it gets beat out,” said Bow­ers.

Bow­ers said the pot­holes add an ex­tra chal­lenge in the win­ter be­cause not all the snow gets plowed prop­erly.

He con­tacted the Depart­ment of High­ways on Nov. 9 and was asked to re­move his signs be­cause it’s posted on the depart­ment’s prop­erty. Be­fore putting signs up, he has to go through of­fi­cial Stephen Bow­ers, from Ea­gle Head, re­cently made signs to warn drives about pot­holes on the road. He had to re­move the signs Nov. 9, but he hopes to get per­mis­sion to put them back up.

chan­nels, he ex­plained. He said he plans to take the nec­es­sary steps to put his signs back up.

Bow­ers said every­one he’s spo­ken with in af­fected com­mu­ni­ties - such as Brook­lyn, Beach Mead­ows, East Ber­lin and West Ber­lin - sup­ports him with the signs.

The idea for the signs came to Bow­ers fol­low­ing a visit to New­found­land in the sum­mer. There were lots of sim­i­lar signs, he said.

AETHNE HINCH­LIFFE/QUEENS AD­VANCE

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