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Drivers fed-up with condition of roads, repair shops continue to see pothole damage

Posted at 10:14 PM, Feb 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-27 23:14:52-05

Tuesday's major thaw revealed more of something we all dread: potholes. The ups and downs in the weather could lead to a bad spring when it comes to our roads.

"The roads of Wisconsin are more like the moon's surface," said T W Hansen. "There are dips and craters that are really deep."

Those craters he speaks of can really cost you.

"I'm an Uber driver on the weekends and it's an extra operational expense," Hansen said. "You break a rim, you blow a tire. The potholes are everywhere, and they can do serious damage. Nobody budgets for this."

"I had to pay $500 to get my car fixed after hitting a pothole," said Viola Carter. "The wheel was wiggling, and when I took it into the shop, they said the damage to my wheel could cause a very bad accident. There was nothing I could do."

David Manyo, of Manyo Motors, doesn't ask new customers how many miles they have on their car, but rather, how many potholes they've hit.

"We've seen a ton of people come in with pothole damage," Manyo said. "More than I can remember at this time last year. If you hit a pothole hard enough, it can snap steel." 

He reminds everyone to make sure their tire pressure isn't low.

"When pressure is low, the tire's more pliable and it can get in a pothole easier, and hit the rim harder," Manyo said.

Drivers, on the other hand, are getting frustrated as it seems the roads aren't getting repaired.

"Where is the millions of dollars in infrastructure spending we're supposed to see?" Hansen said. 

We did find city crews in Milwaukee patching some gaps on Tuesday. They say they filled hundreds of holes in just one day. But that's barely scratching the surface.

"It's never ending," said John Bassett. "We finish one list, and go right to another. We're trying to get to all of them the best we can."

While drivers appreciate it, they want to see a longer-lasting solution.

"When they just fill it with asphalt, by the time a few cars roll over it, it's a hole again," Carter said.