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Potholes winning the war

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Drivers in Toledo are frustrated by the bad roads.  Crews are doing their best to fix the potholes, but  their best just can't keep up.

Work crews get a street done one week, and the next week, new bigger potholes open up.

From behind the steering wheel. it is difficult to see just how bad the roads are.

Toledo's pothole patrol is losing the battle against those gaping holes in area roads.

You know they are honeycombed by winter's frigid weather, but at the ground level, it's clear what you're up against.

"Dodged one pothole going on the trail, hit another one."

Jeffrey Henneman knew what he was up against but he couldn't avoid it.

Henneman told 13abc reporter Bill Hormann, "I actually got out to look at the pothole that got me.  It was actually 14-18 inches deep."

The stretch of Douglas Road near the University of Toledo is terrible; it is booby trapped, and getting around is getting dangerous.

You could probably walk the roads alongside any area of town and find the souvenirs that the roads have collected because of these potholes.  Hubcaps and car parts litter many streets and the city know it is fighting a losing battle.

As of Friday, the pothole patrol had filled 6,556 potholes, no doubt, some more than once.

And spreading salt to melt the snow is not helping.  It just causes water to get into the pothole, then freeze.  And when that ice expands it creates a deeper pothole.

Dave Welch, the head of Streets, Bridges and Harbor in Toledo admits,  "You try to keep the streets clear of snow and ice but it's a detriment to our pothole budget."

And it is a detriment to a driver's budget.

Toledo  has spent $40,000 dollars on the asphalt used to fill the potholes.

Selena Payne has spent a lot of money to fix three tires destroyed by those potholes.

When asked how much money those potholes have coast, she said, "Probably like $120  every time I come in here.

Here is the Majestic auto shop on Douglas and Central.  The owner says a cracked rim can run you $100 in repairs; a bent rim is $60.  Some places charge $200.

This wild winter is doing a number on our cars.

Taxpayers are paying for extra asphalt and drivers are paying for car repairs.

The city wants you to call 419-936-BUMP to report a pothole.  You can also fill out this form to report a problem.

Phones are probably ringing off the hook.

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