South Fulton County

Drivers say potholes on metro road have gotten so bad they’re like swimming pools

SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — Drivers on one road say the potholes are so bad that it’s like their cars are dropping into a small swimming pool.

Frustrated drivers want to know when the city of South Fulton will permanently repair the rough road.

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“It’s bad,” said driver Naima Watts, who works near Tradewater Parkway.

She says the road has been filled with potholes since she began working in the area 4 years ago.

Channel 2′s Tom Jones was on Tradewater Parkway Thursday, here he saw car after car hitting the massive potholes and clanking loudly against the pavement.

“My coworkers... their tires got busted,” Watts said.

It wasn’t just cars. Jones saw 18-wheelers and their large tires sinking into the potholes.

Drivers said the potholes are causing damage to their cars they have to pay for.

“They had cones down there. but somebody moved them so,” driver Chris Shorter told Jones.

Jones saw a cone that looked like someone had run over it.


Jones saw drivers going on the wrong side of the road to avoid the what could be described craters they’re so big.

Some drivers know exactly where they are.

“I come through here all the time, so I know where the holes are,” Shorter said. “But for somebody that’s new. yeah its a lot of damage that happens to these cars.”

Drivers say the city has repaired the road, but the repairs weren’t sufficient enough to keep the potholes from returning. They say it’s especially difficult driving on the road at night and when it rains.

“Normally they would put like something in there so we can notice it, but the rain now going on, you don’t notice it’s a big old pothole,” Pitts said.

Jones reached out to city officials to find out what it was doing to permanently repair the road.

City of South Fulton Spokesman Gary Leftwich said Tradewater Parkway is one of several roads recently acquired by the city.

“The city is negotiating an intergovernmental agreement with Fulton County to resurface those roads,” Leftwich wrote in a statement. He went on to say funds have been allocated to resurface the roads and the city is in the process of choosing a contractor.

Leftwich said that until then, potholes are being filled as the city receives requests. Residents can report potholes through the city’s SeeClickFix app or by calling the city’s 24 hour call center at 4705524311, the statement indicated.

In the meantime, there is a sign that says ‘Rough Road’ near the potholes.

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Drivers say they don’t see the sign because they are too busy trying to avoid the potholes.