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Potholes on Pike Co. road worrying drivers, law enforcement

Crews continue to make repairs to potholes across the Tri-State, but residents and law enforcement along a busy road in pike county are expressing concerns tonight over road conditions and their safety after a series of potholes open up along State Road 57.


The stretch is still used by a lot of cars, trucks, and tractor trailers. But some who drive this road on a regular basis say the potholes, and the current conditions, make for a dangerous drive.


"We travel that a lot to Evansville. It's never been like this that I can remember,” says Mary Willis, who owns a floral store on IN-57.


For people who live and work along the road, the potholes south of Petersburg near I-69 are an unwelcome obstacle.


"You've got to zig zag around the holes and hope nobody is coming in the other lane,” says Larry Wojtowicz, who also says he had a flat tire after hitting a pothole several months ago.


"It's rough. It's like driving on a washboard,” he adds, describing what it’s like driving on that stretch with the potholes.


Sgt. Todd Ringle of Indiana State Police tweeted that another trooper said the road resembled a mortar field because of so many potholes. INDOT officials say the difficult winter, with deep freezes and extensive snow fall, is a major reason.


"We had a deep freeze this year, with the ground being frozen 18-24 inches deep. Combine that with the difficult winter we had, we had a lot more snow than we normally have, potholes are formed by freeze and thaw, it's been more of a challenge,” said Jason Tiller of INDOT. He also says other roads statewide, seeing the same problem. INDOT crews are monitoring all roads, and fixes will start once hot asphalt mixes are available.


"I'm wondering if they'll patch it this summer. I'm hoping they patch it this summer,” says Willis.


INDOT officials say it will be up to regional crews to decide when potholes will be repaired.


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(This story was originally published on April 16, 2018)

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