Potholes annoying, pricey

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – It’s been said two things in life are certain:  death and taxes. Wabash Valley drivers know they will also inevitably face potholes, a by-product of this nasty winter weather.

“There are many, many, many potholes,” acknowledged Brad Miller, director of Terre Haute’s city street department.

Miller reassured folks in Terre Haute his crews are patching potholes as quickly as they can.

“Everyone that we can spare is out patching potholes,” he said. “And will continue to patch potholes as long as it’s not snowing, ice or anything like that.”

And the only thing worse than a pothole is a pothole filled with water, Miller pointed out. Those potholes are deceptive to drivers; they also hinder the work of patch crews, who should technically be emptying the giant craters of water before adding in the temporary fix.

“It will always be a temporary fix! I mean, there’s no permanent patch,” Miller admitted. “That’s why it’s called a patch, because it’s not going to be permanent.”

Brad Miller reminded Terre Haute city residents they can report potholes by dialing 3-1-1 from their cell phone or home phone.

Giant potholes are not only uncomfortable and unsightly, they can do some serious damage to a person’s car, truck or SUV.

“This time of year, we get a lot of people in with tire damage and rim damage that we have to repair,” said Jason Wetzel, general manager of the 500 Automotive Group in Clinton.

“Sometimes, it can be a simple as a tire, but when you get into some of the suspension repairs they can be several hundred dollars and be quite costly,” said Matt Haymaker, service manager at 500.

Haymaker was able to show News 10 an example of a costly casualty of roadway potholes.

“This is a wheel off of a (GMC) Yukon, and the driver was on I-70 when this happened,” Haymaker said, pointing out the silver dollar-sized hole in the silver rim. “And, as you can see, the impact just destroyed this wheel!”

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