163 spots on Lafayette roads need major repairs

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The city of Lafayette has identified more than 150 streets that need extensive repairs.

The snow is gone, but drivers said the potholes are still around.

“Right now I’m seeing a lot of potholes, a lot of areas where the surface is wearing down and a lot of holes,” driver Mary Finnegan said.

“I hit a pothole a couple of months ago and it blew my tire,” driver Dustin Story said.

Lafayette street commissioner Dan Crowell said his crews have found 163 spots around the city that need major repairs.

“Last winter was one of the worst winters we’ve ever experienced, and we had such a deep freeze,” Crowell said. “The frost line was below three feet. That’s getting down there. Once that frost line and everything starts freezing and moving, roads are going to pop and that’s what happened.”

Crowell said the areas are between 50 and 100 feet long and need to be completely redone, and crews are getting to work starting at a few spots on Creasy Lane.

“There’s a couple of big areas out there that we tore out yesterday, and concreted them in, and now we’re getting the black top and patching them back in with our pavers,” Crowell said.

Crowell said the cost to repair the more than 150 sections of roads won’t be cheap.

“It just depends on how thick we have to go, but it’s going to be between probably $115,000 and $220,000. Somewhere in that range, and we’ve got money in our local roads and street fund to do that,” Crowell said.

Crews will begin working on Kossuth Street next week between 18th and 22nd streets. Crowell said he hopes to have all the work done this summer.

To see the complete list of streets, click here.

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