Tight Budgets Make Pothole Repairs Tougher For DOT

The potholes you see popping up across Eastern Carolina may be a little harder to fix this year because of tight budgets.

In Onslow County, Department of Transportation officials say the potholes are showing up everywhere.

For drivers, the concrete craters can cause thousands of dollars in damage, but the DOT says repairs to the road area harder to fix due to budgetary shortfalls. Workers say they're doing all they can on a tight budget.

Even some auto shops say they've bee busy repairing several vehicles due to suspension damage from the potholes.

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  • by Irv Location: Farmlife on Feb 25, 2011 at 06:15 AM
    Funny, the DOT was just out a couple of weeks ago mowing the ditchbanks out here. Yet, they cannot fix US17 at the construction site.
  • by Susan Location: Greene County on Feb 25, 2011 at 06:10 AM
    I thought Obama had stimulus money for road construction. Did Bev take that along with our EDUCATION Lottery money too? I think someone needs to look into this. Where the money?
  • by Russ Location: Henderson on Feb 25, 2011 at 05:41 AM
    Where is all that road tax money going? I mean just what does DOT do when they aren't expecting snow? A couple of trucks and guys to pick up the dead animals. A couple more to replace road signs. Then you need a crew to put in driveway pipe. The holes aren't patched the lines aren't painted, the grass isn't cut, they don't pick up trash and the right of way has grown up horribly.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Feb 25, 2011 at 05:31 AM
    what about all the TAX MONEY FROM FUELS WE PURCHASE for highway use? quit taking that money and put it for the highway repairs like it was intended. i am tired of dodging pot holes in my truck and Harley all the time. some are their for days and even weeks before something is done about it. WITN why dont you do a se it, click it and fix it like satr news in wilmington and someone stay on top of it and make the highway repair crews responsible by publishing it and asking when it will get done and make sure it is done. when they put the shirt pocket upside down on the stat workers shirt so they did not even have to hold the shovel anymore, just have to lean on it now hands free, that is when things got worse!!
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Feb 25, 2011 at 04:53 AM
    Funny - we don't have money to keep our roads repaired but we do have money (a whole lot of it) to hand out to the likes of Dell or for Golden Leaf to hand out to their friends. Way to go, Bev.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Feb 25, 2011 at 02:11 AM
    It's about time toll booths be erected along some corridors like I-95 with all the money going to road repair and construction. But then the state will probably just cut funding already provided rather than adding it together like with the "Education Lottery".
  • by gail Location: roper on Feb 24, 2011 at 11:31 PM
    THANKS BEV!!!!
  • by pot hole on Feb 24, 2011 at 09:03 PM
    well if they would fix it right the first time they would not have to go back over it. just take the time clean it out then fill. It works
  • by they drive me nuts Location: enc on Feb 24, 2011 at 07:57 PM
    honestly wouldnt it be cheaper to fix the pot holes with the help of prison crews? cant drivers also get reimbursed for damages, i know my truck takes a beating from the potholes in winterville, kinston and pink hill. heck ive had a section of road chunk off as i ran over it
  • by Tyee Location: Hyde County on Feb 24, 2011 at 06:59 PM
    If the employees would quit leaning on their shovels and work, the pot holes could be covered up. Have camera and will travel.

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