Dirt roads make 'dust bowl' in West Valley neighborhood

PEORIA, AZ - On any given day there's a cloud of dust along 87th and 88th Avenues just north of Deer Valley road.

All-terrain vehicles, vans and cars rush down the roads well above the 15 mile per hour limit, kicking up dust and forcing it into homes along the street.

The mailing address is in Peoria, but it's actually a county island and the roads are maintained by Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT).

Mike Gillispie has lived there for 12 years.

He knew the road was dusty when he bought his home, but says he has been told for years things would change.

In 2012 he got notice that it was really going to happen this time.

"We were excited, we're going to finally get the road paved after 12 years of being here," said Gillespie.

Yards were staked and drives were dug up

"I would meet with the supervisor everyday out here," said Gillespie. "She'd say, 'oh yeah we're moving along, we have a contractor scheduled to come in.'"

But in July of 2013 he says all of that stopped.

Neighbors found out there were issues with the water line, and say they were given several told dates for when the work would resume. But they say they were kept in the dark about where the project stood.

Resident Barbara Smith says, "No construction has taken place. Not a single representative has visited with anyone I know of on 88th Ave."

"I just would like to have some real communication from Maricopa County and some timelines," said Gillespie.

They say they couldn't get any answers so they let me know.

MCDOT tells me an unmarked water main is in the way of construction, and they now have to wait on the water company to design a fix before the county can begin construction again.

In an email MCDOT spokesperson Roberta Bonaski says "MCDOT has been very pro-active with regard to public notification. All impacted property owners have received project newsletters/notice via mailers and hand-delivered door hangers regarding the construction postponement."

Bonaski says they placed door hangars and mailed flyers to residents informing them of exactly what was going on.

Many residents we spoke with say they've only received one, in June 2014. It says that construction is slated to begin in Fall 2014.

But we got our hands on different flyer dated July 2013, which claimed construction was to happen in fall of that year.

Neighbors say they know MCDOT can't control delays, but they can control communication.

We'll let know you what happens this fall.

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