'Grand Canyon' of potholes drives viewer crazy in SE DC; WUSA9 gets answers

WASHINGTON (WUSA9)--Thought pothole season was over? Nope, they're apparently still driving people crazy.

WUSA9 viewer, Emebet Girma, of southeast DC wrote into us about some huge holes near her block, "They're as big as I am. I think."

We drove to 8th St between Atlantic and Yuma Streets in SE D.C., and we have to agree. There are several on this street, marked by deflated-looking orange cones, but one really takes the cake. It's being dubbed the 'Grand Canyon' of potholes.

Girma says she called the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) back in January about the so-called 'Grand Canyon' and it's lesser colleagues making driving treacherous along that patch of 8th Street. She says DDOT told her they fixed it, but she didn't see any fix, "I followed up with an email in March. They told me considering the time of the year, it was the winter, it would be 1 to 3 months. That was in March, it's now August. I realized after 8 months that the problem wasn't going to be fixed."

That's when Girma told WUSA9 about the issue.

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Girma says the stretch has basically turned into a one-lane road, with buses and cars waiting for each other to pass before proceeding down only one side of the street. Girma elaborates, "It's a fairly busy road, it is. And everybody has to yield to each other to avoid these potholes."

WUSA9 reporter, Debra Alfarone, spoke with one bus driver who wasn't authorized to go on camera, and he said that if he drove over the pothole it would cause such a jolt that it would set off security cameras on the bus.

WUSA9 called DDOT and spoke with Reggie Sanders. He says this problem isn't a quick pothole fill, and that the entire stretch of street needs to be repaved. He also said crews have been trying to keep up, since the harsh winter left them with 50,000 potholes to fill. Because WUSA9 called, this repaving project is now on their schedule and Sanders says Girma should have a smoother street sometime in September.

Girma isn't holding her breath. She says she figured it would be fixed by at least last week, "It was my birthday so I was like, 'Oh, they're going to be fixed by my birthday.' No."

WUSA9 promises, when DDOT fixes the potholes, we will being her a cake.


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