Weather conditions could lead to more potholes, SCDOT says


WILL — THE WINTER PRECIPITATION HEADED OUR WAY MAKES ROUGH ROADS ROUGHER. HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT GETTING A POTHOLE REPAIRED. WE SENT HENRY COBURN OUT TO FIND OUT WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM THIS. HE IS LIVE IN SPARTANBURG. HI, HENRY. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT MULTIPLE CARS WERE DAMAGED THIS MORNING. THEY WERE OUT HERE DRIVING ALONG HIGHWAY 292. THAT’S AN ALL TOO COMMON OCCURRENCE IN THE UPSTATE. THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS RECENT RAINFALL MIXED WITH UPCOMING COLDER WEATHER CREATES THE PERFECT CONDITIONS FOR POTTED HOLES — FOR POTHOLES TO FORM. WE GET RAIN AND A LOT OF MOISTURE UNDER THE ROADWAY. THE COLD WEATHER COMES AND IT FREEZES THE MOISTURE AND THE WATER UNDER THE ROADWAY. IT TRIES TO BREAK ITS WAY THROUGH THE PAVEMENT. AND WHEN POTHOLES FORM, YOUR CAR AND YOUR WALLET CAN BE THE VICTIM’S. I HAVE SEEN THEM IN THE THOUSANDS. PRECISION TUNE AUTO CARE HAS BEEN IN THE BUSINESS FOR 25 YEARS AND HE HAS SEEN WHAT POTHOLES CAN DO TO YOUR CAR. THE MOST COMMON DAMAGE IS TO THE TIRES AND THE RIMS. ESPECIALLY WITH THE ALLOY RIM. YOU CAN CRACK THE RIM. AND HE SAYS THE DAMAGE CAN’T — CAN GO BEYOND THE TIRES AND WHEELS. YOU CAN DAMAGE THE STEERING AND THE SUSPENSION COMPONENT SUCH AS THE STRUTS AND THE BALL JOINTS AND THE CONTROL ARMS, THINGS OF THIS NATURE. ALL REPAIRS THAT CAN ADD UP TO BE HUNDREDS OR THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. IF YOUR CAR HAS BEEN DAMAGED BY A POTHOLE, YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR COMPENSATION. YOU CAN FILE A CLAIM ON THE DOT’S WEBSITE IF YOU ARE THE REGISTERED OWNER OF THE CAR. YOU NEED TWO QUOTES FOR REPAIR OR BE INVOICED FOR FOR REPAIR. HOW DOWRY PAIR A POTHOLE — HOW DO YOU REPAIR A POTHOLE? FIRST CALL THE DOT MAINTENANCE OFFICE OR GO TO THE SCDOT WEBSITE. FINALLY, YOU CAN CALL THE DEPARTMENT’S TOLL-FREE CUSTOMER SERVICE LINE. NOW, YOU HAVE ONE YEAR AFTER YOUR CAR HAS BEEN DAMAGED TO FILE A CLAIM ON THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION’S WEBSITE. I ALSO WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT ALL OF THE LINKS MENTIONED ARE POSTED ON WSPA.COM. FOR NOW, LIVE, HENRY COBURN, 7 NEWS.

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