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There’s a simple solution to the pothole problem: Just fill them

Published: Thu, March 13, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

There’s a simple solution to the pothole problem: Just fill them

Lately the pothole problem has been out of control. It seems like you can’t even leave your house without diving into a big pothole. These are not little dents in the road, these potholes are mammoth craters. They have been causing destruction to cars all around the area.

What can we do about this problem so innocent people just trying to go about their business can stop spending money on new tires and other various parts for their vehicle because of running into potholes? There is no way to avoid this issue and it is making driving unbearable. These potholes need filled immediately. What is the money that is getting taken out of mine and many other working citizens’ paychecks going for? This problem is increasing and it seems like winter is not letting up. If this problem does not get fixed soon cities are going to have to deal with many resident complaints, which they probably are already facing.

This issue is not just in the Mahoning County, this is a nationwide issue. So why is it almost March and the potholes are just now starting to get semi filled? If I could fill the potholes myself I would.

I am a tax-paying citizen and I should not have to travel daily over these potholes wondering if my tire is going to pop or not. I understand it still is going to snow, but we also had many days when there was no snow and the city could have got a jump start on the pothole problem. If this problem is not getting fixed, then I hope the city is ready to pay for new tires and alignment for my car.

Jenna Latcheran, Niles


176Ytown(1316 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Keep reporting the pothole problem. If you have noticed and/or have experienced damage to your vehicle on a State System roadway as a result of a pothole, debris on the road, etc., please use the form below to send ODOT information about the location and incident. http://www.dot.state.oh.us/damagerepo...


In the meantime, the unions filed a grievance over over the use of day reporting inmates, who are people convicted of non-violent crimes and chose to work off their obligations rather than spend time in the Mahoning County Jail.

Curious...just how many crews do we have on the job?

FYI: Ohio must pay $1.8M award in fatal pothole crash. http://www.northwestohio.com/news/sto...

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2atpotts95(3 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Agreed. Living in Warrren this is not a new issue. There are areas in Trumbull and Mahoning counties where not only are the pot holes bad, but they have been for some time. Living in the city of Warren for the better part of ten years, I don't ever remember Parkman road not being an obstacle course of pot holes no matter the season.

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3caitsheridan(2 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Pot holes are a big problem and damaging to vehicles. Living in Austintown I know there are plenty of pot holes on Turner Road and New Road that have not been taken care of yet. These pot holes are not just tiny either. They are massive an like you said damaging. I agree with you completely on the question of "Why hasn't the city cleaned up the pot holes yet?" Hopefully some action will be taken soon.

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4ajtonoli(2 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Jenna, I love the emotion behind this. It really is a simple solution, and when put plainly, maybe someone will be motivated to solve this issue.

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5dhelmick(2 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

The potholes do need to be fixed quickly, but I think part of the problem is that people aren't reporting where the potholes are to the county and townships. If more people reported where the potholes are they'd probably be fixed sooner.

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6admorris(1 comment)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

The more the issue is addressed the faster it will be dealt with. Report the potholes!

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