Heavy Rainfall Creating Road Problems - WSPA.com

Heavy Rainfall Creating Road Problems

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GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -

With traffic down to one lane, crews are working to figure out how Monday's rain wiped out a portion of Garlington Road in Greenville County. The road is one of several areas where crews are working and making repairs.

"After a big storm like this, it is just all hands on deck," said SCDOT Maintenance Engineer Ryan Dannelly. "Normal operations are usually suspended and we are out there trying to fix the bad stuff."

From potholes to busted pipes heavy rainfall can cause dangerous and costly problems on the roads you travel every day.

"I think when we have a great amount of water like this, it just adds to the problem," said driver Lori Simun.

7 On Your Side asked the South Carolina Department of Transportation what it's doing to fix rain-related road problems that impact you.

"The thing we do is try to do plenty of ditching and make sure our ditches are as open as possible and our pipes are open so the water can flow safely through and get to where the creeks and streams are," said Dannelly.

The Maintenance Division tells us keeping water from sitting on the roadway prevents potholes. That's why crews were out removing tree limbs and clearing ditches, Tuesday. Crews were also checking for trouble spots like weak shoulders and worn pipes before the next rainfall.

"It brings out the spots that have been just sitting there and have been bad and no one can really tell," said Dannelly.

Also, if you want to help get rid of potholes and other road problems, the Department of Transportation needs to hear from you. As you travel, dial STAR-HP to report a pothole or any road damage you see.

If you want to report damage on a county or city street, contact your local Roads or Public Works departments.

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