Winter Season Brings an Increase in Number of Potholes

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- This winter weather has brought an increase in the number of potholes.

This year, the City of Harrisonburg has sent out about 30 percent more crews to repair the potholes than in years past.

"It kind of puts you in a dangerous situation, not only is it putting damage to your vehicle, but it puts your life in danger at the same time," said Debbie Parnell, who lives and drives in Harrisonburg.

Parnell said at one point, she even had to get her car repaired from a pothole that damaged her rim.

The question remains, who is responsible for dealing with these potholes? Is it the City or private property owners?

Jim Baker, Harrisonburg's director of Public Works, said while the city maintains the public roads, all private shopping centers are responsible for taking care of their own lots. And, if the lots are not maintained, it can become a liability for them.

"Obviously the customers or citizens aren't happy because they are bouncing their vehicles or walking over potholes. They don't like that and that is causing concerns for all of us," said Baker.

But, Parnell said she has lived in Harrisonburg for more than 30 years and many times the potholes in private lots go unfixed for many years.

Some shopping centers around the area with potholes, said they are in the process of taking care of it, while others said they won't worry about them if they are not high drive through areas, and are solely used for parking.


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