Drivers still dodging potholes in Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Drivers are still struggling to dodge potholes all across Indianapolis. 

The 3400-block of New York Street is filled with giant potholes, especially under a bridge — making it difficult for drivers to see what’s coming.

“It’s just one giant pothole now.  It practically brings traffic to a standstill because potholes are so deep,” said Sheila Webber, who works next door to the bridge.

Webber says getting to work every day is nerve-racking.

“I’m afraid if I drop down in a pothole too fast it’s going to damage my vehicle,” said Webber.

Drivers quickly drop from around 40 miles per hour to zero, or swerve to miss the giant craters waiting in the middle of the street.

“Somebody is going to get hurt really bad if it doesn’t get done, there’s going to be a crash or a pileup,” said Webber.

One woman drove by Tuesday afternoon and didn’t see the potholes hiding under the bridge until it was too late.

“I was scared. I mean the whole car dropped,” said Candice Ellis-Strayhorn.

You can report a pothole in your area through the Mayor’s Action Center.

Ellis-Strayhorn got a flat tire, and she’s worried there could be even more damage she can’t see.

“This is money I have to put out of my pocket to pay,” said Ellis-Strayhorn.

But after filling 12-thousand potholes, the city is trying to find the money for permanent fixes.

“Some areas are really seeing detioration and they’re almost too bad to patch,” said Lesley Gordon of the Department of Public Works.

The City-County Council has already tabled a previous funding request to pay for this winter’s snow removal.

Tuesday, DPW put in another $7 million request, which was sent to a committee for further consideration.

“I just wish the city would come out and fix it so we could all be safer,” said Webber.

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