WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Drivers along Sagamore Parkway said they’ve been experiencing a bumpy ride this spring.
“You can see where they’ve patched up holes and cracks or may filled in a few potholes, but the bumps. The bumps are still there and they’re horrible,” said driver Chelsea Davis.
“The roads are pretty bumpy, it just beats your car up really bad,” said driver David Hatkey.
The damage is starting to cost some drivers. According to Mr. & Mrs. Tire owner, Jim Lewis, sometimes it may only take one big pothole.
“You might find a bubble on the side of your tire, and that’s because the pothole has compressed the tire together, and it’s really cut the inside of the tire and caused air to seep in. Sometimes it just completely goes flat and cuts the tire completely through,” said Lewis.
Despite the visible damage to Sagamore that is obvious to drivers, INDOT officials said crews have been out weekly repairing damage. INDOT spokesperson Debbie Calder said cold weather kept crews from using more effective repair methods.
“Because in the winter months we aren’t able to get the hot mix asphalt, then we use a cold mix,” said Calder. “That’s more temporary, but now that the weather is nice, all the asphalt plants have opened up the first of April and we’re able to use the hot mix asphalt and get out there and repair them more permanently.”
Calder said crews have been working nine and a half hour days to keep up the patching, and asks drivers to be patient.
“I know it’s frustrating, and this year just seems to be worse especially with the winter we’ve had. But rest assured, we’re out there. We’re trying to take care of it the best that we can,” said Calder.
“The only thing people can do is slow down and be alert, and watch out for conditions,” said Lewis.
Calder said because the winter has caused so much damage, drivers are encouraged to report pot holes and other road damage to INDOT.
As News 18 previously reported, the city has started to get pricing for patching of Sagamore Parkway that runs through Lafayette. We tried to reach out to the City of Lafayette Wednesday to get more information on when those repairs would start and how much it would cost. No one from the city engineers office was available for an interview on Wednesday.