Jackson resident demanding solution after his vehicle gets stuck in water-filled pothole

Jackson resident demanding solution after his vehicle gets stuck in water-filled pothole

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -A Jackson resident is demanding the city do something about the pothole problem after his vehicle got stuck in a water-filled hole on Southland Drive Monday. The city says it’s committed to fixing the Infrastructure issues.

“I am totally pissed off is what I am," said Jackson resident Ronnie Blake. “I am beyond frustrated.”

Blake says he was driving his vehicle on Southland Drive, which is filled with potholes, when he landed in the water-filled hole.

“I almost got stuck in that pothole coming in and I tried to avoid it and I went over too far," he recalled. “As you can see right here, that hole is deep.”

Blake ended up calling some friends to help pull his tire out of the hole.

“I see some damage right here already. The bumper cap has almost been pulled loose,” said the frustrated driver.

Three On Your Side reached out to the city about the issue. Public Works Director Robert Miller showed up to examine the problem.

“This is a lightly traveled street, but it’s in pretty rough shape,” said Miller.

Miller says it appears the driver was traveling on the shoulder of the road and ended up in six to eight inch muddy rut because he was trying to avoid a shallow pothole near the center of road. He also pointed out that the pavement failures formed due to an aging road bed.

“This is street in the long term that needs completely repaved," said Miller. “We are going to do patch repairs in the center of the street and then along the edges.”

Miller says orange barrels will be placed at the site to warn drivers, and once the pavement dries, work will begin. It will take at least two weeks to complete the repairs.

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