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Beat the Traffic: South Shaver -- tough on cars and wallets

by Katherine Whaley / 11 News

khou.com

Posted on July 6, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 6 at 4:43 PM

HOUSTON -- Houston roads are riddled with potholes, and every week, we look for worst of the worst based on viewer emails.  The most popular site -- South Shaver Road near the Gulf Freeway in South Houston.  We received nearly a dozen complaints about this location.  Concerns ranged from problem potholes to faded striping on the lanes.  Mechanic Ken Sanders is familiar with those complaints.  He has been repairing cars in the South Houston area for decades, and he says South Shaver is a major culprit.  "It affects tires, I've seen tires with bulges from hitting potholes," he says.  Sanders also told us he has seen damage to paint, bumpers, and suspensions due to loose gravel, uneven surfaces, and potholes. 

 
 
Ruth Golden takes South Shaver to work every day. She says the road has torn up the undercarriage of her Honda SUV, and it hasn’t been too easy on her wallet, either. "In the last six months or so, it's been about twelve hundred dollars that I've had to put on my car."  She makes regular visits to Sanders for repairs.  Ruth and her friend Sherri Campbell say that periodic repair work on the road is insufficient.  "Even the ashalt attempts to fix it create bumps, and it still beats the car," Campbell told 11 News.  That’s why she emailed us to see if there are plans for more than just a temporary fix. 
 
Sherri and other drivers along South Shaver are in luck. As part of a Capital Improvement Project, The Texas Department of Transportation and the City of Houston are planning to launch a major road rehabilitation project. The improvements include widening the lanes, resurfacing the roadway, and adding new storm drains, to the tune of $13.5 million dollars.
 
“This has been a long time coming, so just thank you for paying attention to that,” Campbell said. Sanders says even though South Shaver is the source of much of his business, he says he wants to enjoy a nicer drive, too!  “It's about time someone steps up to the plate to do something!”
 
The project is set to start in late 2012. 

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