Pothole patrol: More potholes popping up, fewer dollars available to make repairs

Pushing for more state help.

Pothole patrol: More potholes popping up, fewer dollars available to make repairs
How cuts in state funding have effected pothole patching.

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A woman in Parma Heights may have summed up the feeling of many in greater Cleveland about road conditions saying, “As far as I’m concerned, no matter where you are in Cleveland. Bad, you’re gonna have bumpy roads.”

Pothole patrol: More potholes popping up, fewer dollars available to make repairs

It has gotten so bad that we have to resign ourselves to bumpy rides, with a lot of cold patch spread on streets that are scarred by pothole patches new and old.

Cleveland 19 toured Rocky River, Brook Park, Fairview Park, Middleburg Heights, Lakewood and Parma Heights. Only the city names changed, not the condition of the streets.

Mayors we talked to say they’re having to patch together dollars from a multitude of sources to fill the gap state cuts made to their ability to rebuild roads.

That means bumpy rides and messy cold patching.

In Lakewood, the approach is different and appears to be working says Mayor Michael Summers, who told us, “Madison Avenue was so bad patching, it was a full-time job. It’s now resurfaced, we hardly spend any time at all up there."

He displayed a map detailing the condition of every street in Lakewood; 92 miles of roads, more than double that in lane miles.

Since the state funding cuts, an aggressive road rebuild program has been going on. It appears other cities haven’t kept up as well, particularly on side streets.

Governor Kasich cut funds to dig the state out of a hole, but there could be light at the end of the tunnel.

Here’s an idea we discussed Inauguration Day with representative Tom Patton: Use some of the state’s huge rainy day fund.

Mayor Summers says he and others will pursue the issue saying, “That’s a lively conversation among the mayors of Ohio with our past governor and our current governor. I think we have hope.”

Drivers everywhere hope their hope is well placed.

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