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Rain worsens pot holes, stops paving plans

One family just moved into a home on Big Cove Road a few weeks ago, and they've already noticed the pot holes.

Posted: Apr 26, 2018 7:02 PM
Updated: Apr 29, 2018 10:53 PM

It’s officially pot hole season, and with the rain we’ve had in the Tennessee Valley the last few weeks, pot holes are becoming more apparent than ever.

“Coming up and down Big Cove, it’s been bumpy," said Huntsville resident, Anna Gleason-Anderson. "It’s definitely a lot bumpier than what we were expecting. Because with how nice the neighborhood is, we thought the roads would be a little bit smoother.”

Gleason-Anderson and her family just moved into a home on Big Cove Road a few weeks ago, and she’s already noticed the pot holes.

“I’ve noticed that they’ve patched a few holes, but not the biggest ones," she said.

And that could be because of the rain.

Huntsville Public Works Director Chris McNeese says the rain not only causes pot holes to get worse, but it also puts a halt to any paving and resurfacing projects they are working on.

“It’s a little frustrating, because you have to sit there and dodge," Gleason-Anderson said. "My husband’s car is a little lower and you feel every bump.”

And Gleason-Anderson says it’s not just about the potential damage to their cars.

“There’s a lot of kids out playing," she said. "Lots of people walking their dogs, with their strollers, and it’s just that if you catch on one, you can slip and fall really easily.”

But Gleason-Anderson says she realizes the weather plays a huge role in the repaving process so she doesn’t mind waiting.

“We want it done correctly," she said. "Nobody wants it done halfway and then this problem just start all over again.”

Gleason-Anderson says she hopes the remaining potholes on their road are patched soon, but she knows the weather is unpredictable.

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