Lee’s Summit woman goes to great lengths to stop construction trucks from damaging road

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LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- Some say you can't fight city hall, but one woman is celebrating a victory of sorts because she at last got action after her complaints about heavy trucks damaging the road where she lives initially fell on deaf ears.

A section of Hook Road has been patched three times in the last month. Cathy Eisenhauer lives there says it's all because of big dump trucks hauling material to a construction site further down the road.

She complained that the repeated repairs where costing taxpayers a lot of money. She says the trucks could take a slightly longer route that's all concrete and can better handle the weight.

But the city did nothing. Eisenhauer tried putting out traffic cones and a homemade sign that said "Slow," but then took matters into her own hands.

"I kind of blocked their path once and the guy just went around me," the 65-year-old woman said. "So I decided I would go slow on the road. And that way it wouldn't take less time to go this way. So I went 25 miles an hour instead of 35 and they weren't happy about that. He honked his horn the whole way to Ward Road."

Her stunt got the attention of Lee's Summit police, who gave her two tickets. But after that, the city did talk to the contractor, who has now agreed to use a detour when the trucks are fully loaded.

City officials say it cost about $3,000 to make the repeated repairs to Hook Road.

Eisenhauer says it never should have come to this, but she says she's pleased that eventually common sense prevailed and the road is no longer being damaged.

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