'Road Ridge': Uneven roads causing damage to vehicles

You may have experienced 'road ridge'-an uneven seam in the roadway, that might damage your car after you drive over it.

Posted: Aug 6, 2020 5:42 PM
Updated: Aug 6, 2020 6:16 PM

You may have experienced 'road ridge' -- an uneven seam in the roadway, that might damage your car after you drive over it. Sparks could be seen underneath a car that drove over one such ridge on the on-ramp to Routes 5/8/12, in Deerfield, headed toward New Hartford. That road ridge has been causing grief -- and damage -- to many local drivers recently.

"I hit it, it was like I hit a wall. Blew my right tire out and I tried to control the car until I could get off," said Klosek. She had to have her car towed to Oriskany Garage, Tire and Auto Service. She will need two new tires.

"They are designed to go over and sustain some impact, but this was excessive and caused some damage to the tire," said Rade Cavic, of Oriskany Garage.

Road ridges like the one on the on-ramp have been keeping towers and body shops very busy.

"We're seeing suspension issues and tire flats pretty much daily," says Frank Gulla, of Beacon Body Shop, in Utica. "First and foremost, it scares the heck out of people. Second of all, it's breaking beads on tires, it's damaging suspension. It's pretty much making a mess of local commutes for people."

NEWSChannel 2 contacted the city of Utica and the NYS Department of Transportation about the issue on Thursday. About two and a half hours after we inquired, a DOT officials said the contractor was aware of the issue and addressing it. Shortly after, the contractor was filling the ridge, to minimize the impact of the bump.

If your vehicle has had damage because of that ridge, or, others on state roads, you can contact the DOT at 315-793-2447.

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