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Pothole watch: Weather leaves roads worn


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A pothole on Jefferson Street just east of U.S. 31 in Franklin. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal
A pothole on Jefferson Street just east of U.S. 31 in Franklin. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

A pothole on Jefferson Street just east of U.S. 31 in Franklin. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal
A pothole on Jefferson Street just east of U.S. 31 in Franklin. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal


Drive along State Road 44 in Franklin and you’ll find it nearly impossible to dodge every large crack and hole in the road.

Between U.S. 31 and Interstate 65 in Franklin, the highway is littered with potholes after last week’s snowstorm. The pavement has worn down to the bricks in areas on Jefferson Street west of the downtown.

Some areas on Jefferson are covered with black, bumpy patches from when Indiana Department of Transportation workers patched holes after flooding on Dec. 22, but new holes have opened up right next to them.

State road crews patched some of the largest holes on Tuesday and plan to finish filling holes on State Road 44 this week before moving on to U.S. 31, INDOT spokesman Harry Maginity said.

“This week potholes are the priority,” Maginisty said. “Outside of some random, freaky holes, this is our first outbreak of potholes.”

Elsewhere in Franklin, street department workers are driving up and down streets patching holes as they find them, interim street commissioner Andy Duckworth said. If drivers see a particularly wide or deep hole, they should report it so road workers can making filling it a priority, he said.

Here’s the best way to report potholes:

  • State highways and interstates: Call INDOT Seymour district at 877-305-7611
  • Franklin: Call the street department at 736-3660
  • Greenwood: Submit an online request through the Action Center link at www.greenwood.in.gov or call the street department 887-5607
  • Johnson County: Call the highway department at 346-4630

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