COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) If you've ever driven just west of Pikes Peak International Raceway, you'll notice the pavement, turns to dust. Roughly 100 families live in the Pioneer Village subdivision, on 16 miles of unpaved roads.
"We go through cars like there's no, like it's not even funny. We've had 4 cars. The roads tear them up. We're constantly bleeding money,” homeowner Michelle Van Leet said.
Many neighbors feel, they've been left in the dust as well.
When it rains, the dust turns to mud, making it almost impossible for first responders to get to the homes in the subdivision without damaging their vehicles or getting completely stuck.
"If we're not home and something happens, we basically know we're going to lose everything,” Van Leet said.
"If we can't get there in a 4 x 4 I'm not sending a truck down there, I'm not sending an engine down there, I'm not sending a tender down there. I've got the rest of the community to protect as well and unfortunately that home will be lost,” Hanover Fire District Chief Carl Tatum said.
A scary thought for neighbors, who have even seen ambulances get stuck.
"My husband has had 2 heart attacks, to know that I couldn't get him off these roads to get him to a hospital scares the crap out of me,” homeowner Davene Kitchens said.
El Paso County says this land where the pioneer village neighborhood sits on was bought in the early 70s.That was before state law gave counties the power to have a say in the building process of a new neighborhood, including that roads should be paved and because of that; the county does not have to maintain them.
In 2013, the neighbors voted to raise their property taxes, in order to pay a contractor to grade the roads. Last year, that amounted to just under $36,000, but after a rainy July, the roads were in terrible shape once again.
“It’s not enough. It's a sad story but nobody is going to hear it, because nobody cares, because we're a small amount of people in the Colorado Springs area,” Van Leet said.