Pothole claims more than double from last year, majority still pending

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Drivers are reporting an increase in car damage caused by potholes. The Indiana Attorney General’s Office has received 1,960 pothole tort claims to date, that’s more than double the amount last year. Of those claims, 1,296 are still listed as pending.

In an email to FOX59’s Liz Gelardi, an investigator with the Attorney General said, “With the large number of claims received as a result of bad weather we experienced this winter, we have a large caseload of files.”

According to the Attorney General’s Office only 177 claims have been paid this year and 420 have been denied. A spokesperson would not comment on the tort claim process.

Reporter Liz Gelardi filed a claim after a pothole damaged her car in February. She waited until mid-June to learn she would be reimbursed for the full repair bill.

Additional information about filing a tort claim can be found on INDOT’s website.

INDOT is continuing to fill potholes almost every day. Crews are about to begin a project on the east side to replace pavement on the I-70 ramps to I-465. INDOT spokesperson, Nate Riggs, said it is one of the areas where they see the most complaints.

“There’s always going to be another area that needs to be repaired, or another area that needs to be reconstructed or pavement that needs to be replaced,” said Riggs.

The westbound I-70 ramp will be closed to southbound I-465 beginning Friday, June 20th at 9 p.m. Access to northbound I-465 will remain open. The ramp will remain closed until the pavement dries. Construction in this area will continue through August. Recurring closures will continue on the northbound and southbound ramps but both will not be closed at the same time.