Ask Joe: Why did road crew pave over road kill?

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Updated: 8/08/2013 11:46 am
Question:

From the Ask Joe File, brace yourself this one is a little gruesome but one of our viewers wrote in about some roadkill: in this case a coyote.
Charlie Spikes says he spotted a dead coyote in the road on the Border Town exit from U.S. 395.  He says several days later a road crew put fresh oil on the ramp and didn't even remove the coyote. Charlie wants to know is this pure laziness?
Charlie even sent in a picture showing where the road crew oiled right over the road kill.

Answer:
I checked with Meg Ragonese over at NDOT, figuring it was their crew doing the work in that area.
She says each day an NDOT truck goes around removing debris and hazards from state roads in the area, whether its tires, mattresses or dead animals.
Appparently they missed the coyote and they say no one reported it.   Also, the contractor doing the road work apparently missed it as well and went right over it. So this can be chalked up to an oversight according to NDOT,  but if you do see something that needs to be cleaned up -- call 834-8300. Meg says they will respond if they get a call.
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1curiousgirl - 8/14/2013 11:20 AM
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Just a note here - I live out there and how convenient of Ms. Ragonese with NDOT to defend the Contractor. Excuse me? It was NDOT spraying the oil over several days/weeks both North and South bound. Good work NDOT!

fastfoodmike - 8/11/2013 8:26 PM
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If you can't see a Coyote how can you see small children, pets, etc? We all know they saw it and despite what they say we all know this is laziness. Give those jobs to real workers!

Oliver - 8/10/2013 7:36 AM
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I don't buy it and they shouldn't be selling it. Missed the coyote? Please. Obviously they saw it and didn't want to touch it, were just lazy, or thought it would be "funny" to pave over it.

Old Parnell - 8/8/2013 8:43 PM
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Does laziness know no bounds?

skip pritchard - 8/8/2013 8:56 AM
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The contractor is sleeping on the job again to not see that coyote, be careful if your walking on the highway you may end up like the coyote.

rwmtiger - 8/7/2013 11:49 PM
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just 1 more reason why i dont drive a car

cindy - 8/7/2013 9:08 PM
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Because they don't care getting paid high dollar for doing crappy jobs on the streets. ours was done in the days when it was supposed to take a lot longer. our st a st in sparks still sucks, will be crap again in no time at all.

antpam - 8/7/2013 6:55 PM
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How can people be so callous? It's sickening!
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