Big pothole on North Loop damages vehicles, slows traffic


by staff

Posted on April 11, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 11 at 6:21 PM

HOUSTON—Several vehicles were disabled Wednesday afternoon after running over a large pot hole on the North Loop.

The accidents happened in the westbound lanes of 610 near Ella shortly after 1 p.m.

The view from Air 11 showed the 4-foot hole that went through the concrete.

At least six vehicles that couldn't dodge it in time could be seen on the shoulder with flat tires and damage to rims.

Two westbound lanes of the North Loop were closed for emergency repairs and traffic was backed up on the Loop and the westbound feeder road.

The work was expected to last through the evening rush hour.

Drivers are advised to take another route, if possible, to avoid major delays.

"It's really ugly, really bad," some one driver who was stuck in the traffic for nearly an hour.

Workers said the hole first opened up Tuesday so they patched it up, but the patchwork didn't hold.

"That’s bad. How did that happen? Don’t we have maintenance or some people that are supposed to pay attention to all this?" Asked Vivian Broashear, another annoyed driver.

TxDOT said the bridge is 50 years old and needs to be replaced. They're working on a new one now but it will be another year or so before it's finished.