City of Tulsa has repaired more than 28,000 potholes since July

City of Tulsa has repaired more than 28,000 potholes since July (KTUL)

TULSA, Okla., (KTUL) -- A woman wants answers after a large pothole outside her house remains a hazard, but the City tells us they have a much bigger problem.

So far, they've responded to more than 28,000 potholes since July.

“I just wish the city would care a little more," said resident Brit Monroe.

It’s nearly impossible to drive into Monroe's neighborhood thanks to a giant pothole in the middle of the street.

“This one here started out as the size of this little one," said Monroe.

The north Tulsa homeowner says it’s not only an embarrassment but an inconvenience.

“My family has gotten to the point where we’ll drive around the block or if no cars are missing, we’ll just kind of drive up on the curb," said Monroe.

What worries Monroe the most is when kids are playing near the hole not realizing how deep it goes.

“It’s quite dangerous," said Monroe.

A danger the city is aware of and are working on it, but it’s slow going.

“Right now, we know that we’ve filled in a little over 28,000 potholes this year," said street employee Leon Kragle, the "year" started in July 2017, and since then, Kragle says the street department responded to nearly 600 complaints.

“Our winter weather always increases our call outs," said Kragle.

Those numbers are actually down.

The challenge is these temporary patches; the pothole near Monroe was fixed just three weeks ago.

“It's like a quick thing. They’re here maybe 10 or 15 minutes, and they’re gone," said Monroe.

All of the heavy rain washes the patches away, which is what happened here, but the city plans to come back and fix it for good.

“We’re going to go back and address some of those issues better," said Kragle.

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