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Cline Continues to Crumble

A large pothole is shown on Cline Avenue.

by Ken Davidson

indot workers on cline avenue
Michael Torres of Michigan City was just trying to get to work at Conway Freight in Gary. That is when he says he heard a loud thump. Torres is just one of many drivers who were faced with the choice of missing work or braving the treacherous conditions of Cline Avenue. The Gazette received reports of as many as 7 cars at one time on the side of the road due to flat tires from pot holes.   “They need to close Cline again” said Brenda Kirk, a Hessville resident who travels to work on Cline daily.  “In the morning, it is dark and very dangerous.”  Michael Torres agrees stating “with traffic, I could not avoid it (the pothole).”  As you can see in the photograph, vehicles travelling in the left lane have no place to go to avoid the potholes.

Cline was closed earlier in the year for temporary repairs.  On February 3, a Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy was injured on Cline Avenue See LC Deputy Injured in Cline Avenue Incident. If you have gotten a flat tire on Cline, please see our article Filing a Claim for Tire Damage on Cline Avenue. The Indiana Department of Transportation, Northwest issued the following statement via facebook:

Folks, we’re trying to respond to everyone who is frustrated about the condition of Cline Ave., so we thought we’d post here to give you the details about what we’re doing now, and the big fix that’s coming soon. And we’ll talk about potholes across NW Indiana too. This is lengthy, but hopefully helpful.

We know Cline is in bad shape, and we’re working on it. We’ve had multiple crews patching every day on Cline, whenever we aren’t plowing snow and ice. Since the beginning of January crews have used 297 tons of patch material on Cline alone.

Until the weather warms we have to use temporary “cold patch” on Cline, and every other road in NW Indiana. So as crews patch one pothole, other new ones are forming and old ones are reopening due to constant freezing and thawing on roads, and heavy traffic. It’s a constant battle that won’t end until the weather gives us a break.

The good news – Cline Ave is scheduled for a complete resurfacing this spring. This has been on the plans for Spring 2014 for a couple years. The contract was awarded last fall, well before this awful winter. Just over a month from now that project will begin.

We know it’s not just Cline. Potholes are overwhelming all over Northwest Indiana. It’s the worst season most of us have ever seen due to an extremely brutal winter. We know you’re frustrated. We are too. But we are using ALL available equipment and people to get the job done. We’re patching with day and night crews, and on weekends too.

This weather has been awful on Indiana roads. We patch and a freeze-thaw overnight bounces material out. Wet roads, due to snow and rain, means pothole patch doesn’t stick no matter how much we dry them out. An entire day of patching progress by our crews can be virtually erased by one weather cycle. We wish we had better news for you other than, we’re working as hard as we can. Bear with us as best you can. Spring has got to come sometime.

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Driver Not Watching for
Potholes Hits Patcher

The Northwest Indiana Gazette

A driver not paying attention and following too closely hit the rear of an Indiana Department of Transportation INDOT truck who was following a crew patching potholes.Preliminary investigation by Master Trooper David Miller revealed that at approximately 11:30 a.m., this Wednesday, January 15, 2014, morning a 1997 Mercury Villager van, driven by Stephanie Davidson, 33 of Chesterton was south bound in the left lane of State Road 49 near County Road 1100 North when a large vehicle in front of her made an abrupt change to the right lane. Davidson then noticed that there were three INDOT trucks in the left lane, one following after the other, with the last truck equipped with an arrow board and an impact attenuator, patching potholes. Davidson tried to go the right but her Mercury hit the impact attenuator. The 2013 INDOT Freightliner dump truck,driven by Richard Lee, 58 of Michigan City was not damaged. The impact attenuator sustained approximately $6,000 in damage. Davidson’s Mercury sustained approximately $5,000 in damage and had to be towed. Davidson, Lee and no INDOT workers were injured. Indiana State Police and INDOT would like to stress that motorists need to be aware of crews patching potholes on interstates, U.S. highways, and state routes. The rise and fall of temperatures following last week’s severe weather has caused potholes to form quickly. INDOT crews have been working since then to fill potholes throughout the Northwest Indiana District.
Please slow down and stay alert when encountering patching/maintenance crews.

Cline Avenue Reopened; Reports of Flats on Ramps

by Ken Davidson

Cline Avenue is reopened as promised this morning. The road way had been closed from 80/94 to Columbus Drive due to multiple, dangerous potholes. Repair crews work non-stop to open the road by rush hour this morning. There are reports of trouble on the exit and entrance ramps so motorists are advised to use caution.

Cline Avenue Update-Will Not Reopen Today

cline avenue reopening

by Ken Davidson

The Gazette has learned exclusively that there will be an update regarding Cline Avenue at 6:00 PM today. InDOT workers are feverishly trying to fix the road in order for an early Monday morning opening. The road will not reopen today. Sources told the Gazette that it the hope is that northbound lanes can be reopened by rush hour in the morning. We will update this as soon as InDOT issues an official release or if any other information becomes available.

The alternate route being suggested by InDOT is Indianapolis Boulevard.

The road was closed last night after numerous vehicles were damaged by potholes. The Gazette reported earlier that there were over 100 cars damaged by potholes overnight. This morning, the roadway was littered with stranded vehicles and damaged hubcaps. There were 7 stranded vehicles in a small stretch of roadway between 169th Street/15th Ave and the Indiana Toll Road exit. Traffic can be seen slowing and swerving to miss the dangerous potholes. Most of the damaged vehicles seen this morning had flat front tires.

Filing a Claim for Damage on Cline Avenue

The culprit large groups of  potholes are wreaking havoc on vehicles on State Road 912.

by Ken Davidson

Motorists who have vehicle damage from potholes may wish to file a claim for damages. The costs associated with damaged tires, rims and alignment can run into the thousands of dollars in some cases. The first step in filing a claim is determining who is responsible for maintaining the road. In the case of Cline Avenue, that is clearly the Indiana Department of Transportation (InDOT). InDOT provides a claim for for damages that can be completed and submitted:

indot claim form

EDITOR’S NOTE: SOME USERS REPORTED PROBLEMS WITH THE ABOVE LINK. IF THAT DOES NOT WORK, PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THE FOLLOWING INTO YOUR BROWSER (You must have Adobe Acrobat installed):

https://forms.in.gov/Download.aspx?id=9840

Do not expect to have much luck, however. InDOT will deny claims in cases where they have not had notice of a pothole or where they are working on the issue. A recent study by WISH-TV in Indianapolis found that just 23% of claims were paid by InDOT (http://www.wishtv.com/news/i-team-8/pothole-damage-payments-extremely-rare). Documenting that InDOT knew of the hazard and did not fix will be helpful to your claim.

If your vehicle was damaged on another roadway, determining who is responsible for that road would be the first step in filing a claim. Contact local or county officials if you believe your vehicle has been damaged on a road managed by them. InDOT provides a decent map of state roads and highways here: Indiana Roadways Map provided by InDOT.

Was your vehicle damaged while driving on an area roadway? The Gazette would like to hear from you. How do you reach us? Facebook, e-mail us or leave a comment here. We will feature reader stories in an upcoming article.

BREAKING: Cline Avenue Shut Down Completely

The culprit large groups of  potholes are wreaking havoc on vehicles on State Road 912.

by Ken Davidson

The Gazette has learned that an emergency order has just been entered closing Cline Avenue completely. All lanes of the State highway will be closed until further notice. The closure will be from 80/94 north. Cline will remain open south of 169th Street in Hammond. INDOT reports that there is no time frame for reopening the stretch of road but they hope to have repairs completed tomorrow (Sunday January 12).

The closure comes after numerous vehicles were damaged by potholes. The Gazette reported earlier that there were over 100 cars damaged by potholes overnight. This morning, the roadway was littered with stranded vehicles and damaged hubcaps. There were 7 stranded vehicles in a small stretch of roadway between 169th Street/15th Ave and the Indiana Toll Road exit. Traffic can be seen slowing and swerving to miss the dangerous potholes. Most of the damaged vehicles seen this morning had flat front tires.

Was your vehicle damaged while driving on an area roadway? The Gazette would like to hear from you. How do you reach us? Facebook, e-mail us or leave a comment here. We will feature reader stories in an upcoming article.

Please take our poll: Should Cline Avenue be Repaired Before Spending Funds on Illiana Tollway?

Related Stories: Filing a Claim for Vehicle Damage with InDOT

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