Petersburg plans pothole blitz

Posted at 7:39 PM, Jan 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-28 19:39:19-05

PETERSBURG, Va. (WTVR)—The city of Petersburg has plans to repair 1,200 potholes between now and March 1.

This pothole-repair blitz will be the first time Public Works has undertaken such a daunting task but it’s one that they say they will accomplish—with the public’s help.

The cost is $45,000 but much of the money being used was saved over the past year, from their leaf collection budget.

Petersburg isn't alone in going after potholes.

The Virginia Department of Transportation, over the next few warm days, will tackle potholes on the interstates and major roads.

Wilson Abernathy, with Battlefield Park Body Shop in Colonial Heights said that it only takes one pothole, especially in small cars, to cause some serious suspension damage.

The damages can cost anywhere from under $100 to over $1,000 in repairs.

RimTyme Custom Wheels in Colonial Heights said that in the past couple of weeks, they've seen dozen of customers coming in, with one, two, three and four bent rims, after hitting a pothole.

A local claims agent for a national insurance company says he's seeing that as well.