Dear MAC,

I read a while back that one of the answers for the ruts on West Main Street is because of the old Interurban tracks. I don't believe so. It looks like some sort of tracked vehicle went down the street on the north side of the road. This is mostly in the area just west of Grant Avenue and Main. Would you ask someone about that again.

Bumpy Driver

Dear Bumpy,

I figured there was no better person to ask about that than Street Commissioner Scott Hesler. Here's what he had to say.

"I dug a little further and asked some people who have dealt with this stuff a lot longer and everybody I've talked to believes it is from the Interurban railroad and that those rough spots down the road are in fact actually where the old rail road ties from the Interurban railroad are still left down Main Street. It's where the wood is rotting out and that's what is causing those dips. They actually dug a few of those up a number of years ago to see what was causing that and that's what they discovered then. That's what I've been told and that's my understanding of it all."

"I looked at it to see if a tracked vehicle or a heavy piece of equipment could have gone down there. I'm not saying that's not possible, but if so it would usually mar the road or scratches or scar it in some fashion with a heavy piece of equipment and I'm not seeing any evidence of that."