Yolanda Wilson is driving a sedan these days; the big truck she normally drives is in the repair shop, after she stuck a pothole on Wistar Drive in Henrico County.
"Hit the pothole dead on and instantly my tire was like, wamp wamp."
The pothole she struck has since been patched, but she has filed a claim, hoping the county will reimburse her for the damages.
"They told me the rim was completely cracked and not drivable," Wilson explains, adding that it cost her a little over $200.00 to fix.
Since December 1, 2013, Henrico County has received 17 claims from drivers for pothole damage to their cars. Four claims have been paid, totaling more than $2,500.00 of your taxpayer money. The other claims are pending review.
Henrico County Department of Public Works Road Superintendent Jamie Massie explains how the process works:
"As soon as we find out there is a pot hole, we try to fill it in that 24 hour mark."
Massie says crews have been trying to stay on top of patching all the potholes. This year's rough winter has had workers plugging potholes non-stop.
"Last year we filled about 5,000 and this year we are up to 3,200, so far."
It's taxpayers in Richmond who are really feeling the pinch. In the past two years, the City of Richmond has shelled out $15,400 for pothole damage. That's more than the Virginia Department of Transportation has paid for claims during the same time period--all over the state of Virginia.
Road experts with the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance say the reason the City of Richmond is having to pay so much for potholes like this is because the roads are old. "Until the City commits major repavement rehabilitation, the problem will continue."
Meanwhile, last year's transportation budget set aside 400 million for repaving state roads; Henrico County told ABC 8News that they also have an aggressive repaving schedule set.
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