Drivers Complain of Damages, Green River Road to One Lane

Published 08/05 2014 06:07PM

Updated 08/05 2014 06:32PM

The North Green River Road project after three years of construction is still causing pain for drivers. Parts of the pavement surrounding drains is being cut out as part of repairing the road, but some drivers say it's damaging their vehicles. A lawsuit was settled as the contractor agreed to repave the road to fix bumps and craters.

Heading north on Green River Road just before the construction starts there is this sign that says 'bump.' Some drivers say the sign doesn't quite convey how big of a bump there is about to be.

"I drove through one and it kind of scared me so I immediately changed lanes," said Arlie Collins.

"I about bottomed out. The back of my muffler hit. The front end bottomed out on the second one. That's when I had to switch to the left lane," said Charles Montooth.

"It was rough. They're really deep," said Collins. "There's a sign that says bump, but it's not really. It's more than a bump."

One driver filed a report with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office claiming he was driving on the right side of Green River Road Monday night. He says after driving over the third bump he felt is vehicle begin to shake. He says he pulled off over to find one flat tire and three bent rims.

"Which shows you that it just needs not to be drive on," said Collins.

"They actually should be up there having it blocked off with cones," said Montooth.
"I kind of wish they would've just closed that lane of road so that you won't have to drive through those big deep pits," said Collins.

Even though some drivers say they're frustrated with the current condition of the road, in the end it's still progress, and it doesn't go unnoticed.

"I think it's getting better. I'm ready for it to be done," said Collins.

The Vanderburgh County Engineer said he was unaware the road would be in the condition is was while crews were working on it. When he saw the road he asked the contractor to make it one lane. The engineer says this phase of the project should be finished by the end of the week.

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