New potholes forming, Old ones expanding

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – It's been four days since the snow fell, and it's still leaving an impression on streets. Many roads are now dotted with new potholes, or older ones that have expanded.

They're the bumps in the road that cause driver Camille Parham to cringe.

"Coming down Midlothian Turnpike there have been a number of potholes that I've hit and some of them, it's kind of like your wheels just fall over," said Parham.

Her wheels haven't quite fallen over yet, but they're getting close.

"I probably need a front-end alignment right now at this point," she said.

Like the vehicles on the road, potholes come in all shapes and sizes. Some are easy to spot; others require a second-take because at first glance they look like a water puddle.

"It's too the point that you have to get all the way over the next lane, and when you have to do that, that's when you know it's a problem," said driver Tron Alleyni.

Road crews are trying their best to deal with monstrous potholes, but right now roads just don't stand a chance. Between the elements, chemicals and plows on the road drivers are going to continue to see potholes.

Right now the City of Richmond is focused on getting roads cleared of snow. If the potholes pose a major danger, they will be patched.

VDOT is constantly filling holes, even in inclimate weather. Although no major re-surfacing in Richmond or in Chesterfield will happen until winter is long gone.

"I don't think it would be wise to do anything until the weather changes," Parham said.

You can report a gruesome pothole. Call VDOT at 1-800-367-road or 3-1-1 for the City of Richmond.

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