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Jackson potholes mean big business for repair shops

Hitting potholes in the Capital City is costly for the driver, but those repairs add up to profits for local businesses. Source: WLBT Hitting potholes in the Capital City is costly for the driver, but those repairs add up to profits for local businesses. Source: WLBT
Hitting potholes in the Capital City is costly for the driver, but those repairs add up to profits for local businesses. Source: WLBT Hitting potholes in the Capital City is costly for the driver, but those repairs add up to profits for local businesses. Source: WLBT
Hitting potholes in the Capital City is costly for the driver, but those repairs add up to profits for local businesses. Source: WLBT Hitting potholes in the Capital City is costly for the driver, but those repairs add up to profits for local businesses. Source: WLBT
Hitting potholes in the Capital City is costly for the driver, but those repairs add up to profits for local businesses. Source: WLBT Hitting potholes in the Capital City is costly for the driver, but those repairs add up to profits for local businesses. Source: WLBT
FLOWOOD, MS (WLBT) -

Hitting potholes in the Capital City is costly for the driver, but those repairs add up to profits for local businesses.

A run in with a pothole can cost you hundreds, even thousands and it's big business for everyone from the towing companies to the repair shops.

"We need help in Jackson with those streets," said Jackson resident Kaelon Anderson. "The cost is not free."

Anderson is also a tire repair technician at Riverbend Tire Center in Flowood.

Ironically, he experienced first hand the frustration of customers who get tires repaired at the shop after hitting a Jackson pothole. 

The 21-year-old had just gotten four new tires three weeks ago.

"Sunday, I was driving down West Street and then it was a car in front of me," said Anderson. "He tried to miss the pothole, so I swerved and hit the pothole with him."

He had road hazard which helped with the cost, but tire experts say hitting one pothole can cost you hundreds of dollars depending upon the damage.

A rim repair can cost a minimum of $100.

Riverbend has two locations in Jackson and one in Flowood.

"It's good for business, but it's not good for the consumers," said Riverbend Flowood manager Richard Burnett. "They have to spend more money, unwanted money."

Burnett says, each week, the franchise repairs or replaces an average of 300 tires damaged by Jackson potholes.

"It can range anywhere from $69 to $189 and up depending on the vehicle, what type of vehicle the person is driving," added Burnett. "High end cars cost a lot more. Tires cost a lot more. We had a customer come in today. His tire was $154 installed because of a pothole, on a BMW."

Tire repair shops also see a large number of people requesting repair estimates in the city for insurance claims.

"A lot of people tell you 'I don't come to Jackson'. You ask them what happened and then they'll say 'I was in Jackson, and I hit a pothole'. But they might live in Brandon or Pearl," said Burnett.

In the last five years, they have seen a 50 percent increase in repairs and road hazard claims.

While it may be difficult to avoid a pothole, experts say you should pay special attention to the roadway after a rain when potholes fill with water, making them harder to see.

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