SHERMAN - Residents along a crumbling 10-mile stretch of state Route 76 in Sherman say they have grown accustomed to dodging potholes.
The two-lane thoroughfare, area motorists note, acts more as a roadblock than a major artery connecting Interstate 86 to Clymer, and has deteriorated within the last three years. Several Amish families living on the state road say they are hesitant to travel, fearing damage to their buggies and horses.
"Nobody wants to travel. It's that bad," said Chris Yoder, who lives a quarter-mile from the Southern Tier Expressway on Route 76. "There's no reason why someone can't come out here and fix it."
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State Route 76 in Sherman has deteriorated within the last three years. Area residents, many of them Amish, say they are hesitant to travel.
Yoder, whose horse recently went lame while traveling on the road, said he has contacted the state Department of Transportation for the last three years regarding the surface condition.
He said Route 76 has become almost impossible to navigate, by car or buggy.
"It's getting to the point where you don't want to take a horse or buggy on the road at all," he said. "I called about it and they didn't do anything."
Concerns over the road were heightened last week following an accident in which a Cargill feed truck overturned and ended up in the ravine. Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies said Justin Raynor, 32, of Conewango Valley, lost control of the truck and left the roadway; he was transported to Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa., for minor injuries.