Indy Street teams work overtime on city potholes

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Local crews have patched nearly 25,000 potholes so far in 2022.

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett joined crews from the Indianapolis Department of Public Works on Tuesday to patch potholes across the city.

Crews are working overtime in ten-hour shifts to fill in as much as they can, with more than 7,200 potholes on the list.

They also use hot asphalt to fill the holes. The new mix allows crews to do “striping”, where the top layer of asphalt is removed and replaced.

Despite increased efforts, Hoosier drivers say they are frustrated.

“My husband was coming out of his warehouse at work and literally pulled out onto Franklin Road and broke his Volkswagen tire,” Lindsey Morris said.

Morris and drivers like her must constantly swerve to avoid damage.

“I don’t drink or drive. I’m literally trying to avoid potholes, so I don’t puncture my own tire,” she said.

If you encounter a pothole, this is not a cheap solution.

“We’ve spent a whole salary replacing tires and wheels in the last six months,” Selah Frank said.

Many of these unlucky drivers end up in an auto repair shop.

“It’s been pretty bad so far this year. We’ve seen an increased number of cars coming in,” said Dustin Sparks, service advisor at All Star Tire & Auto Service.

Sparks said business is booming right now with the number of potholes on the roads.

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“Today alone we put in 30 to 40 people towed tires, bent wheels, stuff like that,” Sparks said. “If that happens, you’re looking at an average of $300 to $400 for a tire and wheel repair.”

He said even those who repair them are not immune to the problem.

“We had the store manager come in today and he was nearly towed out of a pothole this morning. Two tires, two wheels and a wheel repair, just after hitting a pothole on Fall Creek Road this morning,” Sparks said.

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His best advice is to avoid the pothole, but if you can’t, Sparks suggests slowing down.

“The best I can say is just put your mind to it as best you can. Don’t go head-on. Kind of a point to her. That way it doesn’t directly hit and you can save some long-term money,” he said.

In the meantime, Hoosier drivers continue to dodge crater-sized holes as DPW crews try to catch up.

“I respect the women and men in the field who work on them every day, but it’s frustrating,” said Peter Reynolds.

Indy DPW has filled about 24,600 potholes so far in 2022, including about 2,000 last week.

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