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Bumpy roads causing trouble for special needs child

The road flooded badly two summers ago. (Photo provided by Olen Merry) The road flooded badly two summers ago. (Photo provided by Olen Merry)

Drivers in southwest Lubbock County say they're pleased with improvements to their bumpy county roads, but say it won't be long before the problems come back.

The mother of a disabled teenager in a wheelchair says she was told by her child's bus driver that if road conditions don't improve they may not be able to pick her up.

Tina Burleson called us about her daughter's bus problems Tuesday and the bus company confirmed they were having difficulties along some of those roads.

Wednesday morning we called county commissioner Bill McCay and around the time of our call we were told county workers were out working to blade the surface.

Inside a Frenship bus in Lubbock County, you'll find Faith Spruill. She's almost 17 and is confined to a wheelchair because of her cerebral palsy.

"They had concerns they might not be able to get out on these roads to pick up my child," said Burleson.

Her mother says the bus driver has become increasingly concerned about Faith's safety on the road.

"She has more space in between her skull and her brain so if gets sloshed around too much it's kind of like shaken baby syndrome," Burleson said.

Even though McCay said work is being done on the roads, he admits it won't last forever.

"When you're in a drought and the roads are dry we can blade it, but it just doesn't last," McCay said.

The obvious solution would be to pave.

McCay says there are 900 miles of roads in Lubbock County; that's a trip to Dallas and back, with a few hundred miles to spare.

"We want to pave as many roads as we can," McCay continued. "It's $50,000 to $100,000 per mile to pave these roads. We don't have an unlimited budget."

Faith's ride home from school was a little smoother Wednesday, but Burleson is praying for a more permanent solution.

"I don't know how to fix a road, but I know what they're doing is not working," she said.

A spokesman for the bus company tells us that by law they'll still have to come to come down Faith's road to give her a ride, but they too hope the roads are paved.

McCay says they continue to pave roads in the county, but prioritize the most frequently traveled streets.

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