Roads all around our area are spotted with potholes right now. Richmond Department of Public Works crews say they're making repairs as best they can. Since the end of January, citizens have put in 180 pothole repair requests. Workers have gotten to about half of those, but clearly, there's still a long way to go.
Some drivers think of Richmond roads as an obstacle course where the goal is to somehow avoid potholes. Chari Brown says she's failed again and again lately.
"I was merging onto the highway on my way to work and there was this deep pothole and I know a lot of it has to do with the snow and all this stuff but I felt like my car was literally about to breakdown," she explained.
Many drivers are familiar with this fear.
"It kind of feels like my wheels or my rims inside of my tires are about to fall completely off," Brown described. "It's really loud. It kind of shakes. My car goes a little off balance."
Richmond's Department of Public Works officials say with the weather forecast ahead, drivers should expect more potholes and more difficulty fixing them.
"We need the temperature to be at a certain degree above freezing before we can actually fill the potholes," Spokesperson Sharon North said.
Right now, asphalt plants are closed so crews have had to use a different more expensive filler. The message here is the city is still going to be able to fix potholes; it's just going to cost more.
"We will continue to fill them," North added. "The city services don't stop just because they have to be paid for. We have to come up with the money to do them. It's not always easy but we have to make it happen."
There's no word yet on when asphalt plants will reopen so public works can get the less expensive materials to fill the potholes still shaking up your drive.
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