SCDOT pays $257K in damage claims to drivers for potholes, road defects in 2018

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If you’ve noticed more potholes on your drive to work, it’s because winter weather seems to spawn them overnight. 

A state law requires SCDOT to repair potholes reported to them in a timely manner or pickup the bill and reimburse drivers for damages. 7News has learned in 2018, SCDOT paid out $257,000 dollars in damage claims to drivers. 

“This is actually one of them that hit a pothole this morning,” said Crossroad South Auto Repair Manager De Grande. 

Grande tells 7News around this time of year he does estimates on 3 to 5 cars a week for damages from drivers hitting potholes. 

“I did a quote for a customer this morning, he had a 2007 Pontiac G6 and it was going to be roughly $1,400 dollars.” He said. ” On the fly, some people don’t have that.” 

Rain, snow, extreme weather in general washes away the top layer of the road. Then you add heavy traffic and as cars drive over the brittle patches the road caves in creating potholes.

SCDOT says potholes are hard to fix when the weather doesn’t cooperate. 

“If it gets wet, it doesn’t repair as well.” Amanda Taylor, with SCDOT, told 7News. 

Last year, Loretta Taylor says her car was in the shop after she hit a pothole. It cost her around $85 dollars to replace her tire, but she did file a complaint to SCDOT and got her money back. 

“I waited for about 3-4 months for the reimbursement of it,” she said. 

The state picked-up Taylor’s tab, because they were aware of the pothole and didn’t get it in a reasonable time. 

“So if someone hits a pothole or other defect and has damage and that’s DOT’s first notice, then that would not be a payable claim.” 

To report a pothole call 855-GO-SCDOT or click here. 

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