Monsoon threatens to make pothole plague even worse
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Our pothole adventure today much like yours everyday.
"It's just a bouncy, bumpy terrible ride these days," said Bill Jones.
"You're trying to swerve around potholes," said another woman.
And as you saw this weekend, monsoon off to a wild, wet start. All that rain could make Tucson roads that much worse.
"Our streets are in desperate, desperate need," said Daryl Cole, Tucson's Transportation Director.
Jones runs National Auto Collision.
"They vent a lot to us about it," Jones said.
His teams sees pothole damage weekly, fixing thousands of dollars worth of repairs.
"Bottom line, they got to fix the roads," said Jones.
The city says some major roads already done. New work set to begin July 1st. It will spend $100 million in the next five years. Those funds are part of voter-approved Prop 409.
"Patience is a big part of it," said Cole.
Crews are trying, but they just can't keep up with the demand, so viewers are asking what can be done in the meantime to make it easier to avoid.
Overseas, residents have spray painted potholes to make sure drivers don't get swallowed up. Here in Tucson, things like that will just end up costing more.
"We don't want to put resources in painting them," said Cole. "We want to go out and patch them."
Cole says he has eight full time crews, pouring 2 to 3 tons of asphalt a day. So the best thing you can do is report it and hope one of those crews shows up before your car takes a hit.
To report a pothole call 791-3154.