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Drenching rains create pothole nightmare on I-55

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Heavy rain from the former Tropical Storm Lee rolled northeast Tuesday. Yet, the remnants of drenching downpours are taking a toll on roadways and motorists. Highways, even major interstates, are loaded with potholes.

MDOT crews were out in force from McDowell Road to Byram patching the craters. Traffic was reduced to one lane in each direction. A Three On Your Side viewer called Tuesday morning telling us he hit a massive pothole on I-55 South past Elton Road. The impact bent a rim, and blew out two tires. A second motorist had a blowout in the same location.

MDOT Assistant Engineer of field operations, Mike McConnell, blames the damage on excessive rainfall. "There are some bad holes they are patching now, so it's surprising but when you have that much water there are some strange things that can happen to pavement. And that much traffic I guess? Yes, that amount of traffic, you have the water going down into the patch on the deteriorated pavement and then it works its way out and just pops out.

The viewer will file a claim to recoup his expenses through tort claims.

Meanwhile, MDOT crews hope the patches will hold until an overlay project begins on this section of Interstate 55 in October.

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