ODOT Plans To Repave Pothole Problem Areas

Friday, May 8th 2015, 6:04 pm
By: News On 6

More rain could mean more potholes in the Tulsa area, but the Oklahoma Department of Transportation said some relief is on its way.

ODOT plans to repave four pothole trouble spots, but until the $5.2 million project begins, drivers are dodging potholes all around Tulsa.

A harsh winter with constant freezing and thaw cycles made some of Tulsa's most traveled areas full of potholes.

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"It's terrible. I've lived here all my life and I didn't think Tulsa would be this way," said river Ken Walton.

May is here and the constant rain isn't helping the bumpy situation, according to Martin Steward with ODOT.

“Here we are in the spring. We're getting unbelievable rainfall, and moisture and pavement just don't go together," he said.

ODOT has identified four trouble spots in the metro that need immediate repair, and the areas won't get any patching, instead they'll get an entirely new road surface.

Crews will tear up the road from Interstate 44 and Highway 412 to Route 66 in Catoosa. Work will begin from Interstate-244 and the US-75 split to the Arkansas River Bridge in west Tulsa and also on the southeast leg of the IDL and parts of Highway 169 this summer.

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Leenette Bunch felt her tires getting low when she got on to Highway 169. She said she didn't know if it was a nail or a pothole that caused the flat.

"There's nothing you can do because, sometimes the potholes are dead-middle of the road and you have no choice but to either go over it, if you slow down you run the risk of the person behind you running into you," she said.

Crews are out working every day to fix and patch the pot holes.

Stewart said ODOT will keep watching the roads to see if new pot holes open up after the storms roll through.

“Again, with the weather pattern that we're having right now, it's been difficult," he said.

The road paving projects will start sometime this summer.

If you see potholes you're urged to report them by contacting ODOT.