Potholes caused by heavy rain lead to dozens of blown tires

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by Philip Townsend, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 1:31 PM

NORFOLK –Several cars traveling on I-264 East from Brambleton Avenue to Broad Creek Bridge blew their tires after heavy rain on Thursday and Friday caused dozens of potholes.

VDOT said there would be lane closures throughout the afternoon rush hour as crews crews perform emergency pothole repairs. They advise motorists to use an alternate route if possible. 

VDOT says crews will perform additional repairs in the area throughout the weekend.

Click here to see a live traffic camera of the area.

It was a long day for some drivers. Jonathan Negron was forced to pull over not once, but twice Friday afternoon.

"I put a spare on the car," said Negron. "On the way back to get that fixed I got another flat. The spare went out too."

Each city in Hampton Roads, as well as VDOT, has a phone number and a website to report potholes.  This not only helps crews locate the problems but starts the 48 hour repair policy.

If you report a specific pothole, and your car sustains damage because it was not fixed within 48 hours, you may be entitled to compensation.

In those cases, VDOT will receive damage complaints and give them to their maintenance contractor for review, who will notify you of the outcome.

VDOT spokeswoman Brook Grow says in order to file a claim for reimbursement from the VDOT contractor responsible for roadway maintenance, you can send an email noting as many details as possible about the incident.  Include the date and time in which the incident occurred, the exact location of the incident, and the direction you were traveling.  If you have any supporting documentation such as photographs or insurance estimates, include this information with your letter.

Click here to submit your letter to VDOT or call 1-800-FOR-ROAD to report a roadway hazard.

 

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