RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Potholes continue popping up across Central Virginia roads. The City of Richmond's Department of Public Works said earlier this month, they've already filled about 300 potholes and are stepping up their efforts. VDOT said they have crews patching them as they see them.
"It's definitely something I worry about when I'm driving, like, 'Did I pop a tire just now?'," said driver, Kelly Bowman, who drives over potholes every day.
"It's pretty much like off-roading," said Bowman. She lives on Grove Avenue where potholes fill much of area she parks in off of Robinson and Mulberry.
"They are right where you have to drive through, and you cannot avoid them," said Bowman.
Bowman realized just how much this was affecting her car when she got an inspection last year. "They called me and said, 'You might want to get a pen,'" she said. Bowman said she ended up spending over a $1,000 in repairs.
"Unusual wear and tear after living in the city for the last two years showed up on my car that I've never had before in my life," said Bowman.
We found a large pothole on Midlothain Turnpike, several on the Hull Street exit off Chippenham Parkway, and a string of them on the Powhite Parkway at Chippenham, some of which have been patched up.
VDOT says they're working on that area now with a temporary fix and plan to do a more permanent one this spring.
The Richmond Metropolitan Transportation Authority says they're responsible for the downtown expressway, a portion of Powhite Parkway, and the Boulevard Bridge, areas they say don't have potholes. Richmond public works, responsible for Richmond city roads, didn't respond for comment Monday.
"I mean, where are my tax dollars going? I think they should spend it on repairs, beautify the city, fix the roads," said Bowman.
Report potholes by calling 311 or VDOT at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623).
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