Concerned with driving in Richmond, locals hope pothole issues get cleared up soon


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Residents are criticizing Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s plan to tackle Richmond’s pothole issues. Some who spoke with 8News said progress is moving too slow. 

“All over Richmond. Every time I run into one, you get that sudden shock vibration to your car,” John Winston, a Richmond resident, told 8News on Monday. 

Locals say potholes have begun to be a real pain in the gears. There are potholes across the City of Richmond. No matter where drivers turn, they are likely to encounter them. 

“Whenever you’re driving down the street, all of a sudden, you just hit a pothole that just pops out of nowhere,” another Richmond resident, Kyle Simplot, said. “Your car goes right over it, it’s like crap! Is my tire going to pop?!”

The Richmond City Council unanimously passed a resolution in December asking Mayor Stoney to use $2 million of surplus money for more repairs across the city. People say they are still waiting to see results.

“It seems like this part of town is the last part that gets it. I can’t complain. I understand they do get busy,” Elvin Olivencia, a Richmond local, told 8News. 

Since 8News checked earlier in 2019, the Richmond Department of Public Works (DPW) has repaired 6,832 potholes. In 2018, DPW fixed 25,623 potholes. Earlier in the year, a city spokesperson said crews repair potholes throughout the year and that DPW starts with main roads before moving on to residential areas. 

“I would say they’re making good progress on it. But, it really needs to step it up a little bit. Fix the entire city up,” Winston said. 

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