Potholes Costing Drivers, City of Odessa Hundreds of Dollars - KWES NewsWest 9 / Midland, Odessa, Big Spring, TX: newswest9.com |

Potholes Costing Drivers, City of Odessa Hundreds of Dollars

by Justin Kree
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Hitting a big pothole could cost you hundreds of dollars in damage to your car. The City of Odessa and the Texas Department of Transportation are addressing the issue. They both agree that Old Man Winter is to blame.

"Recent weather conditions that we're not accustomed to in West Texas and it seems to be a more apparent problem than in years past," said Public Information Officer for the City of Odessa, Andrea Goodson. 

Basin residents have even created memes poking fun at the pothole issue.

The city says there are two crews out daily repairing the potholes. They understand repairs could be costly to drivers. It's also costly for the city.

"Depending on the size of the pothole, just for the material could cost anywhere from $50 to $100. That doesn't include the hourly wages for the crews or the truck or the gasoline," Goodson said.

Auto-repair shops in Odessa have seen an increase of repairs this Spring from the roads not showing any mercy on vehicles.

"The cars these days have smaller sidewalls. They just don't handle an impact, like older vehicles would, that had larger sidewalls in them," said Manager at Forrest Tire in Odessa, Jacob Stiles.

Stiles said tires could be over $300 for some cars. The city reminds people to call them if you know where a pothole needs to be fixed. Be sure to include a cross street or a hundred block so it's easier for crews to locate. Not all streets in Odessa are the property of the city. 

TxDOT is responsible for State Highways like 42nd Street and Andrews Highway. While in West Odessa, the County takes care of roads like Moss Street. 

For a list of numbers that you need to call, click here.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Company says gas leak caused explosion at Houston-area plant

    Company says gas leak caused explosion at Houston-area plant

    Saturday, May 19 2018 1:31 PM EDT2018-05-19 17:31:07 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 12:01 PM EDT2018-05-20 16:01:54 GMT
    Authorities say an explosion and fire at a chemical plant near Houston injured at least 20 people. (Source: KIAH/CNN)Authorities say an explosion and fire at a chemical plant near Houston injured at least 20 people. (Source: KIAH/CNN)

    Authorities say an explosion and fire at a chemical plant near Houston injured at least 20 people.

    Authorities say an explosion and fire at a chemical plant near Houston injured at least 20 people.

  • Trump welcomes wife home in tweet that misspells her name

    Trump welcomes wife home in tweet that misspells her name

    Saturday, May 19 2018 10:46 AM EDT2018-05-19 14:46:23 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 11:53 AM EDT2018-05-20 15:53:25 GMT
    Melania Trump is back at the White House after an extended hospitalization for a kidney procedure. (Source: Susan Walsh/AP Photos)Melania Trump is back at the White House after an extended hospitalization for a kidney procedure. (Source: Susan Walsh/AP Photos)

    Melania Trump is back at the White House after an extended hospitalization for a kidney procedure.

    Melania Trump is back at the White House after an extended hospitalization for a kidney procedure.

  • Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints

    Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints

    Sunday, May 20 2018 12:11 AM EDT2018-05-20 04:11:31 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 11:52 AM EDT2018-05-20 15:52:40 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa). Rescue teams search through the wreckage site of a Boeing 737 that plummeted into a cassava field with more than 100 passengers on board, in Havana, Cuba, Friday, May 18, 2018. The Cuban airliner crashed just after takeoff fr...(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa). Rescue teams search through the wreckage site of a Boeing 737 that plummeted into a cassava field with more than 100 passengers on board, in Havana, Cuba, Friday, May 18, 2018. The Cuban airliner crashed just after takeoff fr...

    Mexican aviation authorities will carry out an audit of Damojh airlines to see if its "current operating conditions continue meeting regulations" and to investigate Friday's crash in Cuba that left 110 dead.

    Mexican aviation authorities will carry out an audit of Damojh airlines to see if its "current operating conditions continue meeting regulations" and to investigate Friday's crash in Cuba that left 110 dead.

Powered by Frankly