Chicago pothole claims at highest level ever

Potholes aren't just costing drivers, they're costing the city, too, as more people file for damages.
April 3, 2014 2:54:30 PM PDT
Dodging potholes is part of the routine for Chicago drivers after this harsh winter. A record number of claims could drain the city's funds.

Drivers have filed 1,874 pothole damage claims since January 1, 2014. West Loop Auto Repair is one of the hundreds of garages in the city that has seen the damage- bent rims and blown out tires. Repairs easily cost $400 to $500.

"The worst one that comes to mind is where pretty much every component in the suspension was damage," Andy Korolewicz said.

Claims with the proper paperwork could cost the city as much as $2,000 each for flat tires and realignments. The claims can take months to process.

In March, the mayor announced an expanded paving plan to help prevent more potholes next year.

In the past three years combined, the city received just more than 2,400 claims.

To file paperwork for a claim, visit www.chicityclerk.com


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