Pot holes and broken pipes are creating tough road conditions in north Webster Parish

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Residents say they have been dealing with messed up roads for more than a couple of weeks now but DOTD says they weren’t notified until the end of last week and now residents are looking for who will pay for the damages.

Melissa Owens a resident of Webster Parish says,”they’re knocking out headlights, blowing tires, this one lady had the whole front end of her car come off and it’s just a lot of repairs.”

Social media has been blowing up, just like state highway US 371.

“Blow ups on the road right here in front of Walmart and over there in Cullen; has been like this for a year now, the one in front of the library has been a few months I think since May,” Owens said.

Louisiana department of transportation and development official says they are working on two different work sites in Springhill and Cullen.

One in front of the, Willie and Mary Mack Library where a pipe failure brought the two lane road down to one.

 The second in front of the Walmart where a joint blew up in the road caused from wear and tear and heat.

Erin Buchanan DOTD public information officer says it’s the,”end of June almost first of July in Louisiana that means we’re going to start seeing this type of thing happen to our roadways.” 

A former DOTD worker in Webster parish says this isn’t the first time something like this has happened.

William Hutchinson former employee of DOTD says,”they have a job in Shongaloo that they done, that got halved way paved and nothing else is being done about that, so this is not the first time this is being done.”

Drivers have been complaining for weeks and feel like nothing is being done.

Ownens says,”people are tearing up their vehicles on these blow ups, but now they replaced the blow ups and with big ole craters and filled them in rock.”

“Our crews have been dealing wih multiple issues, some which have been out of our control the reasons that have caused them and they have been working to make those repairs,” Buchanan said.

Dotd says anyone who is looking to file a claim for their damaged car can call the Webster Parish DOTD maintenance office at 318-371-3039. Calling that number will start your claim process to the legal team for the Louisiana department of transportation and development.

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