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SeeClickFix: Huntsville drivers dash to dodge potholes

Road surfacing crews are already out applying fixes to potholes along Oakwood Avenue. (Source: WAFF) Road surfacing crews are already out applying fixes to potholes along Oakwood Avenue. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Sick of pot holes and bad roads making you feel like you're off-roading?

That’s how Laura Sheats describes the roads she’s driven on in Huntsville.  

"At 25 miles per hour, it rattles my car like a roller coaster would at Six Flags," said Sheats.

Dodging pot holes left and right is no day at the amusement park for Sheats, who is new to the city of Huntsville, and says bad roads are already setting her back.

"I just had to have the front end of my car aligned, and I believe that had something to do with it," Sheats said.

The frustration is over Oakwood Avenue from Andrew Jackson Way to Meridian Street. Anyone who frequents Oakwood Avenue off Memorial Parkway or Interstate 565 knows better than to hit the rough patch more than once.

"Now, I'm not even running 25. See the road, that's more than uneven. I'm running 20 miles an hour, and you see how we're getting jerked around here. And, that's five miles under the speed limit," said Sheats during a "test drive" of the problem area.

Huntsville Public Works Director Terry Hatfield says they can now start resurfacing the road now that gas, utility and sewer lines have been checked.

"We don't want to resurface the road and then there's a cracked line or sewer line, and then when that rover goes over it, it's busted, then have to cut the brand new resurfaced road," said Hatfield.

Hatfield says the heavily traveled thoroughfare from Interstate 565 to Memorial Parkway is on their short list.

"But, hopefully once it's improved they'll forget about the inconvenience they had and talk how good the road drives now," Hatfield said.  

Until the work is done, Sheats will take alternate routes to keep her out of the service lane.

The resurfacing project is already underway on Oakwood Avenue. Road crews are expected to have the five-lane stretch of roadway back up and running smoothly in one week. 

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