The pot hole is becoming one of Zanesville’s biggest nuisances this winter. They are popping up all over the area and there’s little the city can do. Public Safety Director, Chip Saunders says that they are a threat to drivers so much so they had to temporally close down a section of Linden Avenue from Park to Keen Streets.
"The pot hole, it’s a dangerous situation and it’s amplified by speed. You might see a puddle and think it’s just a puddle but it could be four or five inches deep," said Saunders.
The city has spent more than $24,000 dollars attempting to fill the holes with a loose winter mixture. Saunders says the holes are beginning to fill with water causing the oil based filling to easily be removed. Area business owner, Don Derwacter says he has witnessed first hand the damage a pot hole can inflict on a vehicle.
"They are bad and they are going to get worse, you know freezing as bad as its been and all this rain and stuff they are going to tear some stuff up. I hit one yesterday, I thought it was going to tear up the whole front end of my truck," said Derwacter.
Derwacter was one of the few local residents that was spared a trip to a repair shop after a losing a face off with a pot hole.
Tire technician, Jared House says the number of customers coming in due to pothole repairs are on the rise. He sees everything from full on tire blow outs to bent wheels.
"We bring them in,clean them up, detail them, put new valves in them, put them back together." said House
With upcoming cold weather the city expect the problem to get worse before it gets better. They are asking for patience and encourage drivers to slow down. City officials say that asphalt factories reopen in the spring and thats when they plan to put a permanent fix on the pothole problem.