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Beat the Traffic: Drivers 'fly' over big bump in Spring Branch

by Katherine Whaley /11 News

Posted on February 10, 2011 at 7:47 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 10 at 1:08 PM

HOUSTON -- Drivers on the west side told us about a road problem that literally sent cars flying off the roadway.  In fact, the video one viewer sent us was so compelling, we had to check it out for ourselves.

YouTube video shows cars going airborne over a giant crack in the roadway on Long Point and Spenwick.

Shane Rhodes, owner of Rhodes Auto Sales, located across the street from the bump, showed us the video on his iPhone. "I saw several cars fly all the way off the ground, sparks flying everywhere," he told us.  Rhodes said he called the City of Houston weeks ago.  "Finally on the [January] twenty-third, they came and fixed it.. they didn't fix it good and made big pothole in the middle of the street."

After hearing these stories, we decided to investigate.  We called City of Houston Public Works, and shortly after our call, workers shut down a portion of the street to repair the roadway with fresh concrete. 

Public Works official Alvin Wright sent us this message explaining the repair:

"Due to this being a major roadway, we had to come up with a traffic plan in order to do the work correctly. Public Works will be shutting down a portion of the street (Long Point) to make street cuts "

The City completed the repairs in two days.  Now, Long Point is in much better shape, and drivers can beat the traffic without the bump.