Amount of potholes creates major problems for drivers in Columbus

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It’s an issue no driver wants to come across.

“I’d be trying to dodge them. I would be about to hit another car, trying to dodge them,” says Jimmy Batmon, Columbus Resident.

The levels of potholes in Muscogee County are at its peak, leaving my drivers frustrated on roadways.

“The Winters are always difficult because we can’t pave appropriately if it’s wet, if it’s cold,” says Patricia Biegler, Director of Public Works.

According to the American Automobile Association, pothole damage on persons vehicle can total to $3 billion dollars a year, it’s a worldwide statistic that needs fixing. 

“There are a whole lot of potholes on Buena Vista Road, off Forest Road and off Benning Road. I know we need to fix our roads and keep everyone safe,” says Batmon.

There has been some delay on repairing the city’s roads with the local asphalt plant closing for a short period of time.

“The plant shut down before Christmas before and didn’t open until last week. So we had no access to asphalt,” says Biegler.

Patricia says it’s a lot of work for street crews to re-patch potholes, but if the community gets involved, operations can go a lot smoother.

“We will go out within 24 hours to check out any called potholes to see if it needs to be safed up and also to make sure it’s ours,” says Biegler.

Patricia says since the plant has opened back up, workers have patched around 50 potholes today.  If you see a pothole you can dial 311 to put in a report or click here to file a report.

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