Road crews spend day repairing potholes from winter storm

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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 1/11 10:05 pm Published: 1/11 10:03 pm

The snow and sleet are gone but the potholes that came with the winter weather are still here.

The city called in crews today to repair them.

FOX23 spent time with road crews Saturday to find out how many potholes were repaired and how many crews it took to repair the roadwork.

The manager at Tulsa's Street Maintenance Department says that street crews worked eight hours Saturday focusing on repairing pot holes around Tulsa.

FOX23 talked with one of the co-owners of a bike repair shop that told us he knows just how dangerous pot holes can be.

"Um, I don't walk the same," said Casey Brundige.

He told FOX23 his life changed when he hit a pothole exiting a highway on his motorcycle.
"I ache a lot [and] tired easy," Brundige said.

He says his wreck was four years ago but the scars make it feel like yesterday.

Getting hurt in a motorcycle wreck because of a pothole there's really no recovery from it.

FOX23 learned from Leon Kragel, who works with the Tulsa Street Department, that four crews were called into work on Saturday just to repair potholes caused from the winter storms this past month.

However, no matter what repairs they make, it won't change Brundige's pain level from his accident.

"Surgeries and all that different stuff that still doesn't change the fact you got hurt," Brundige explained.

Kragel says crews focused on Memorial Drive Saturday.

We found Tulsans driving over those repaired spots near memorial and the Broken Arrow Expressway.

But a few miles away, on Yale near 41st Street, we found drivers dodging potholes and driving over ones that still need to be fixed.

Kragel told me street crews are focusing on main roads east of Yale.

"Maybe one lane sometimes and traffic gets back up but in the long run it's worth it," Kragel explained.

We found out from Kragel that ODOT is responsible for repairing potholes on the highways and exit/entrance ramps.

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