Just try to drive down Cry Baby Lane in Huffman

HUFFMAN, TX (KTRK) -- Nestled along the banks of Lake Houston is a quiet community.

You have to make it there first. Gargantuan potholes that cover the width of the road cause drivers to rethink their destination with every bump.

"It's so stressful," Renee Stansberry said,"It makes me just want to cry."

The handful of people who call this area home say they only leave home when they have to. And when they do, their vehicle graveyard grows.

"My son told me if I drove it not to drive it over 20 miles an hour," Doris Humphrey said, "So there's no sense in even taking it off the road"

Several broken down cars are parked in various yards.

"You cry when you come in and you cry when you leave," Stansberry said.

The aptly named Cry Baby Lane has created headaches for years.

"Yep, Cry Baby Lane. Just drive down it and you'll see why it's named that," Humphrey said.

Humphrey has a lot more than a headache to worry about, though. She has congestive heart failure and has called an ambulance more than once.

"An ambulance came to get me one time, they told me to meet them at Joe's the next time," Humphrey said, "Because it took them so long to get down the road, I might be able to get out faster."

Neighbors say they've tried to get this road fixed for years to no avail. Harris County is not responsible for maintaining the road; it is a private drive.

"I really believe that somebody's gotta be able to do something," Linda Silva said, "There's gotta be an answer somewhere."

Eyewitness News spoke with the property owner, John Caldwell. He said he purchased the property in 2004. He says he was under the impression that the City of Houston was planning to expand another major road that would replace Cry Baby Lane. He says he never expected to maintain Cry Baby Lane this long. Caldwell says he is exploring the idea of installing a driveway that would attach to Palm Road, a paved road that runs parallel to Cry Baby Lane for the majority of the distance. In the meantime, he says he dumps pieces of concrete into the holes in the road to create a hard bottom about once per month.
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