Drivers Fed Up With Shoddy SE OKC Road

Thursday, August 1st 2013, 5:16 pm
By: News 9

Drivers on one heavily traveled southeast Oklahoma City road say it's unbearable and always filled with potholes. The road is not far from a landfill and is near Moore.

Oklahoma City crews come out weekly to fix it, but say tornado debris removal keeps pushing back repairs. It's a long and bumpy road on Bryant Ave. in between 27th and 89th Streets.

"It's just been bad on the cars, and everybody knows," says Brandon Marks, who lives nearby in Bryant Place. "The roads have just gotten progressively worse. I've blown two tires on two different cars."

Crews with Oklahoma City Public Works patch up a number of holes on Bryant Ave. twice each week, but before the asphalt can even dry, dozens of heavy dumps trucks roll over it. The city already has a contract to rebuild the entire road, but can't get started on it yet since the dump trucks take the road daily to haul tornado debris to the nearby landfill.

"The condition of the roadway has been a major complaint," said Tim Ishmael, Supervisor for Oklahoma City Public Works. "The road bed's not in good shape. It wasn't in good shape before the trucks started running on it, so it's going to be a little bit of a challenge keeping it patched up until they get the debris hauled."

So in the meantime, crews say they keep putting Band-Aids on Bryant. They pour 300-degree asphalt in the potholes one by one as a quick fix.

"Every year they try to patch it, but it doesn't do anything," Marks said. "By the time they patch it, another hole will come up or the stuff they patched it with will come off."

The road is old and only three inches deep. That's why crews stress drivers not to speed while the road is in repair.

"The road is rough. We realize that, so slow down on the road," Ishmael said. "Don't try to drive down and speed through it. Just take your time and observe our signs."

City crews anticipate Bryant Ave. will only get worse when school traffic starts at Bryant Elementary soon. They say the asphalt they lay down typically will only last a few days. In two months, crews have put down 35 tons of asphalt on Bryant Ave.

They hope to rebuild a new road in a few months when they think tornado debris removal will be complete.