City of Odessa Seal Coat Project Damages Numerous Vehicles

by Wyatt Goolsby
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Odessa drivers were shocked to find their cars and tires damaged after driving down Dixie near Murphy Street on Saturday.

Apparently, one of the cities seal coat projects wasn't quite finished before drivers took to the road.

It's easy to see why Odessa drivers near Dixie and Murphy were upset on Saturday.

"This is a bunch of mess. I've never seen anything like this before in my life," Driver Caressa Smith said.

Not long after the noon hour, Police and city officials learned about the tar and gravel sticking to driver's cars, but it left many with more than just sticky tires.

"This tar that's out here that was laid down shot up on my car, cracked my window, I tried to make a left turn to get off the road, and busted my fender and things like that. The tar is melting on my hood," Driver Michael Owens, said.

City officials say 30 to 40 cars were damaged after driving on the street where contractors had just finished a seal coating project on Friday.

Now, they're trying to figure out why the material didn't stick to the ground.

"I understand the recent rain and temperature change may have had something to do with causing the paving material not to adhering to the base pavement," Darrell Wells with the City of Odessa Risk Management, said.

And while residents and officials try to figure out the why, others with damaged cars say the repair work for many will be extensive.

Officials say the city hears and sees what these residents are dealing.

They say their battle plan from here is to help get everything fixed.

Officials tell NewsWest 9, the City of Odessa is working with the drivers to help everyone with this situation.