Potholes Continue to Wreak Havoc for Chicago Drivers

Officials at the scene said the area needed emergency pavement patching and concrete pouring

Sunday, Jun 1, 2014  |  Updated 5:56 AM CDT
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Chicago's pothole problem was on full display on a ramp from southbound Lake Shore Drive to southbound Interstate 55.

Chicago's pothole problem was on full display on a ramp from southbound Lake Shore Drive to southbound Interstate 55.

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Potholes on a ramp from southbound Lake Shore Drive to Interstate 55 caused problems for several drivers Friday night.

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, several drivers reported flat tires due to potholes along the road.

One potholes was reported to be nearly 4 feet wide.

Officials at the scene said the area needed emergency pavement patching and concrete pouring.

The right lane of the road was closed until Saturday morning, according to authorities.

Potholes continue to be a problem throughout the Chicago area, even prompting one woman to fill them herself Friday.

Earlier this year, the city’s pothole damage claims reached a record high, with more than 2,000 claims filed with the city clerk’s office. Last year there were a total of 743 such claims.

City officials say it takes months to process the claims. Though they can't estimate the total cost, each payout can be up to $2,000 to cover flat tires, bent wheel rims, realignments and even cracked windshields.

Chicago's brutal, record-setting winter left streets riddled with potholes. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he plans to expand the summer street paving program to resurface a total of 333 miles of arterial and neighborhood streets and alleys in 2014.

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