Potholes are springing up across Tulsa


Monday, March 24th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


It’s Spring and the daffodils are in bloom - but potholes are much less welcome.

The state is working on an estimated 8,000 potholes on state roads around Tulsa and in the Tulsa; the city hasn't even bothered counting.

News on 6 reporter Emory Bryan says anyone with a steering wheel has seen the problem - thousands of potholes popping up over the last couple of weeks.

The weather is to blame for most of them - so there's some good news - as the weather improves less potholes pop out - and it's easier to repair them. Some long days lie ahead for the city's pothole crews. They're out in full force - but there seems to be no end in sight. For every one fill - there's another one waiting.

Driver, “Seen some bad ones especially on Lewis.” It's not hard to find someone with a story of deep holes - and damaged cars. Another driver, “I've had two front end alignments, I replaced my right front tire once.”

The city of Tulsa is working on the most traveled streets first - and responding to calls about the worst of the worst. Dan Crossland, City of Tulsa: “We started last week running all the arterial streets and we'll stay there and hope to have the major streets done by the end of this week.” The repairs made now should last a while since the worst of the cold weather is over.

The city says the heavy rain last week popped out asphalt that had been damaged by freezing weather. For drivers - it's a hassle to avoid them - or pay for the damage they cause.

Driver, “My CD player flew off, the face flew off the other day when I hit one.” Another driver, “I really think it's going to mess up the shocks on my car.”

We can report a repair on one pothole hit by thousands of cars Monday morning. The series of potholes in the west bound lanes of the Broken Arrow Expressway at the turn were filled Monday afternoon - so that will be a much better drive the rest of the week.