Politics to blame for potholes? That’s what some living along Underwood Parkway in Wauwatosa believe

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WAUWATOSA -- Are politics to blame for potholes? That's what some living along a busy street in Wauwatosa believe.

If you aren't paying attention while driving on a stretch of Underwood Parkway in Wauwatosa, the potholes will get you. Just ask Sarah Foti.

Sarah Foti

Sarah Foti

"I was driving and, all of a sudden, I hear 'boom!' And I went further and I heard another 'boom,' so I actually hit two potholes," Foti said.

Shortly after pulling over and discovering a flat front passenger tire, Foti said another driver approached her.

"She goes 'I just hit it minutes ago myself' and they were waiting for a tow truck," Foti said.

Potholes on Underwood Parkway in Wauwatosa

Potholes on Underwood Parkway in Wauwatosa

"The repairs always stop at 119th. It`s pretty frustrating," Emilio Bras said.

Emilio Bras

Emilio Bras

Bras said he's frustrated because Underwood Parkway is in much better shape between 115th and 119th. The stretch between 119th and Potter? Not so good.

Bras and other neighbors said they have called about the disparity and have been told the county controls their part of the street while Wauwatosa maintains the other stretch.

"This delineation is so stupid, really. So silly. It`s like, why can`t someone actually take charge and say 'just do the whole road. Fix the whole road and get it done,'" Bras said.

Potholes on Underwood Parkway in Wauwatosa

Potholes on Underwood Parkway in Wauwatosa

Public works officials didn't immediately respond to FOX6 News.

Foti said she just wishes the roads were equally smooth. Instead, she intends to file a claim with the county. Her odds of winning are very slim.

A 2013 state law removed almost all liability from cities and counties when it comes to damage caused by potholes.

 

"I`m still gonna try," Foti said.

Potholes on Underwood Parkway in Wauwatosa

Potholes on Underwood Parkway in Wauwatosa

119th appears to be the dividing line along Underwood Parkway. From 119th east, the roadway is smooth. Looking to the southwest, there are potholes.

Potholes on Underwood Parkway in Wauwatosa

Potholes on Underwood Parkway in Wauwatosa

Milwaukee County officials said drivers impacted can file a claim with the Milwaukee County Clerk's Office -- but you shouldn't get your hopes up.

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3 comments

  • Metal Maniac

    So YOU run over a pothole and want to blame the CITY? Potholes don’t appear overnight, give ample room between you and the car ahead of you and always keep an eye on the road. If you are paying attention you should be able to move around any potholes. This road looked like a very lightly traveled road so Im sure it was easily avoidable.

  • SarcasticChamp (@Bit3Me1)

    “A 2013 state law removed almost all liability from cities and counties when it comes to damage caused by potholes.”

    No surprise there, and was most likely passed when the road fund was stolen from. What a crappy state!

  • BobfromWaubeka

    From what I understand, the cooling and heating of concrete/asphalt leads to potholes. I’ve never once seen a politician on the road with a shovel making holes.

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