Postal Service to suspend delivery on bumpy road | News
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Macapa Road sits between Atlantic and Beach boulevards, and connects to Hodges. It is a very short stretch of unpaved road, but it is so bumpy, driving down the road at 20 miles an hour can result in whiplash.
"I've lived here for the past 17 years," said Gene Walter.
About a dozen property owners use it, as well as trash collectors and the mail service. Walter wants to know why his road is still unpaved.
"If you notice when you go back out, some of the others have been paved and then they just stopped," he said.
The road is an issue now because its road condition is affecting their mail service.
"I mean it gets real bad when it is raining," Walter said.
The U.S. Postal Service's unofficial motto is, "neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." Apparently, that does not apply to Macapa Road.
On September 26, the postal service delivered a notice to Macapa Road residents that said, "due to the deteriorating conditions, service will be suspended on rainy days until the roads are dry."
"There is some old people that live down here," said Walter, "What are they to do?"
The Postal Service notice added if the condition of the road continues, the Postal Service may install community boxes near the entrance.
"I've never had anything like that," said Walter.
Walter is convinced the road is the city's responsibility; he said he was never told it was private. He would like the city to bring the road up to standard to put an end to the bumpy ride and before the Post Office pulls the plug on door to door delivery.
"I'd like to see my road paved," said Walter.
The city described Macapa Road as a "platted right-of-way" and was never constructed in accordance with approved county or city standards. As such, the city does not maintain the road.
So what can residents do? Apparently a solution has been already offered.
"Residents have applied for paving and improving under the special assessment program," said spokesperson Debbie Delgado, "but that would require additional annual taxation and it was not pursued further."
As for the Postal Service, the manager notifying the residents said when the road is wet/flooded, it is unsafe for the carriers.