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Winter's pothole problems keep trucking on

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(Photo by FOX 32's Craig Wall) (Photo by FOX 32's Craig Wall)
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Winter may be behind us, but the potholes are still in front of us and all over the roads.

After a winter that we'd all like to drive from our memories, there are still plenty of streets where driving remains dangerous, or at a minimum, destructive to tires and shocks because of all the potholes.

“Oh it's crazy, it's like a game, you go on one side you have to go around, there's potholes everywhere, you can't beat it,” said Maria Farmer, a frustrated driver.

Navigating is definitely not for the novice on some streets.

How bad was this winter on Chicago's streets? Consider this: During all of last year, crews patched 630,000 potholes according to the Chicago Department of Transportation. So far this year, they've already filled 520,000.

CDOT said they are still working to fix pitted streets, but some of the crews who had been working on potholes have now been shifted to resurfacing operations on entire stretches of roadway. Those areas look good and are a driver's delight.

However, on streets still in need of attention, drivers are waiting for repairs, but not holding their breath.

“I go down Western, I don't see any improvement…you kinda wonder what's going on with our tax dollars,” said Meridith Canning, another frustrated driver.

This year, CDOT said it will repave more streets than in years past. It plans on repairing nearly 100 miles of arterial streets, 90 miles of residential streets and five miles of alleys.

It could be a record breaking year for the number of potholes repaired. Problems should be reported to 3-1-1.

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