POTHOLE PATROL: Three areas to watch

By Matt Butner - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Our viewers have posted dozens of locations on our Pothole Patrol page. We decided to randomly pick three of them for closer inspection.

We started our patrol in Richmond, on Main Street between 28th and Williamsburg Road. There we found Scott Miller, who we quickly dubbed "The Unluckiest Man in Richmond." He hit a pothole and popped a tire Monday night, and replaced it with a spare. On Tuesday morning, the unthinkable happened.

"I'm on my way to class today, and I hit a different pothole, and it popped the donut," he said.

This is a rough stretch of Main Street, where cars bob and weave to navigate the pock-marked pavement.

"I think it's definitely something that needs to be addressed by the city," said a visibly frustrated Miller.

Next stop: Henrico, on Parham road southbound, south of Patterson.  Here there are several potholes in a row. They appear to have been patched recently, but with each passing car, they're getting worse.

Finally, we visited Chesterfield- the corner of Speeks Drive and Dumaine Drive off Hull Street. A large pothole in the middle of the intersection looks like it has just been filled. But VDOT says patches like this are only temporary cold-weather fixes.

The interstates have shown up on the pothole patrol, too. A VDOT spokesperson says crews are busy applying cold patches in between bouts of bad weather. The string of winter storms in recent weeks has hampered such efforts.

Back on Main Street, Scott Miller hopes his luck is about to change. He hopes he never again has to deal with the traumas he's endured over the past 12 hours.

"The sound is KACHUNK!  THUMP! THUMP! And the feeling is , man, I have things to do," he said, describing his double ordeal.

Thanks to the Pothole Patrol, maybe someone else can avoid going through the same thing.

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