Potholes Too Big To Avoid

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February 12, 2016 Another driver versus another pothole. A man is frustrated after his car was damaged when he said he hit a large pothole. The hole is so big, he said he couldn't avoid it.

"I was driving to work this morning at about 10 o'clock...I was driving and I hit this very large pothole," said Kyle Duran.

Duran says he got a flat tire when he hit a giant pothole near Constitution and Academy in Colorado Springs.

"My wheel was bent and there was a large gash in the side of the wall," said Duran.

He called roadside assistance and got his tire changed.

"Sometimes it's hard to avoid those when you're in a certain lane and you can't swerve to go through them," said Duran.

11 News was there during rush hour and car after car hit the same pothole. More than a dozen cars hit it while we there.

We asked other drivers about the roads.

"They have not been in worse shape, I think," said Mike Donnelly.

11 News: "You think this is the worst you've seen them?"
Donnelly: "Oh definitely, yeah. There's potholes everywhere."

"I think the roads are atrocious," said Jim Klingensmith.

The city says drivers need to be on the defense.

"The one tip is to stay far enough back from the cars in front of you that you can make that maneuver if you see a pothole," said David Miller, risk management supervisor for Colorado Springs.

"There's some all over town that are probably 2 feet in diameter," said Klingensmith. "They'll suck up your whole tire."

Duran tells us he reported the pothole to the city and filed a claim.

To report a pothole, call 385-ROAD or click the link on this page.