Michiana sees early pothole problem

Mishawaka We may officially be in the winter season but in true Michiana fashion we continue to see temperatures go up and down, especially this past weekend.

While many of us liked the warmer temperatures, for street crews, it’s a headache because potholes seem to be popping up everywhere.

Swerving was the name of the game Monday as folks tried to save, what could potentially be thousands of dollars, if they hit one of those potholes.

“I was driving to see my mother at the Sanctuary of St. Paul’s,” says Cheryl Gerald. “When I came back, I hit a huge chuckhole on Dragoon and I cringed and I thought, oh no cause it was a big one, and then boom, I hit another one right away. It broke the belt on my tire, my car is out of line and it put a hole in my hubcap”.

Gerald is not the only one with a story like this. In fact, crews have been out all day working to fill these pesky potholes.

“Probably throughout the morning we have gone through about six to seven tons of asphalt in four hours. We make every effort to correct the problem within 24 hours and that’s, we hold by that as long as we can. If I have to keep guys here till 7 o’clock at night to fix the potholes, I will. If we have to call people in on overtime and holiday pay for problem areas we will,” says Assistant Street Commissioner of the City of Mishawaka Tim Ryan.

“It’s very frustrating. I am a widow and funds are tight and this has been a tough year. Now, I have to be real careful till I get it fixed. It’s Christmas so nobody is going to be open but I will get in and get it fixed right after.”

Ryan says the best thing you can do to get these holes filled faster is call them in as fast as possible. You can report them by calling 574-258-1660.

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