Pothole paving causing new problems on Albany street

July 10, 2018 05:13 PM

It's a problem we've been following for months -- potholes on South Pearl Street in Albany. The heavily traveled road takes a beating.

Last month, NewsChannel 13 reported the city of Albany was patching. That seems to have created some new problems.


A number of people NewsChannel 13 spoke with on Tuesday say the amount of cold patch put on these roads combined with the heat has just been a disaster.

"The other day, I walked on these streets and I brought tar in my house and I'm wondering where it came from," explained Kenneth Bland of Albany, "The only place that I saw was Pearl Street when I came out of the bank. So now it's in my car, in my living room and nothing has been done. Look at the street. The warmer it gets, the stickier it gets."

The patch job was put in place at the end of June. Then last week, a major heat wave caused major problems for both cars and pedestrians.

One woman told NewsChannel 13 people were getting stuck in the mixture -- losing shoes and then bolting across the street to get to safety.

Others say as cars drive over it, chunks of the asphalt mixture get kicked up into their tires.

The city says the end is in sight. They are planning on paving the stretch on July 21 and July 28.


Jacquie Slater

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