Commuter Dude: Motorists tired of rough road created by unfinished work

8:42 AM, Feb 28, 2014   |    comments
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ATLANTA - Commuters who work in an Atlanta Industrial Park are so frustrated with rough roads created by the city, they reached out to 11Alive's Commuter Dude.

The city promises drivers will see changes this week, with big improvements coming by the end of March.

"It's basically a free for all," said Kimberly Weatherly.

Weatherly and others noticed that city public works crews milling the roads inside the park in preparation for a major repaving project.

That was last November.

Since then, there has been no repaving, only a rough ride. Trucks rolling over the streets have created huge potholes. Sewage caps were left standing inches above the asphalt.

"Everyone in my office has had at least one issue," said Weatherly. "Last week I hit a pothole. A huge rock chipped the paint on the hood of my car. We've had numerous flat tires."

The park is part of a repaving program is city is conducting with help from a state DOT grant.

The project manager says the milling was followed by months of unusually cold temperatures, snow, and ice.

"When we milled this street, the weather turned sour for us," said Lawrence Jeter.

On Thursday, crews were out marking the worst of the hazards. They'll patch those potholes and sewage caps. The plan is to begin work within two weeks to give the park a fresh look.

The city expects to have the roads paved by the end of March.

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