Cline Avenue to reopen Monday morning

2014-01-12T20:00:00Z 2014-02-20T09:37:19Z Cline Avenue to reopen Monday morningElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com

Commuters should have a smoother ride along Cline Avenue on Monday morning after officials reopen the road. 

The Indiana Department of Transportation closed Cline on Saturday night after an alarming number of motorists reported damage to their cars because of potholes.

The road remained closed Sunday and is expected to reopen Monday morning.

Matt Deitchley, spokesman for INDOT's Northwest District, said crews worked overnight Saturday into Sunday to fill potholes along the road. He did not have an estimate Sunday of how many potholes crews filled during the weekend. 

The Lake County Sheriff's Department received a record number of calls from motorists whose vehicles were damaged by potholes on Cline Avenue, sheriff's spokeswoman Patti Van Til said. The department responded to 50 calls Saturday. 

Van Til said INDOT barricaded Cline Avenue following the closure, which should have prevented people from getting on the road.

INDOT said the potholes were a lingering effect of the winter storm and arctic temperatures that slammed Northwest Indiana last week. The freezing and thawing process on the roads caused the potholes to worsen, according to an INDOT news release. 

The weekend closure is the latest in a series of problems motorists who use the road have faced. Motorists were complaining about potholes on Cline Avenue before this weekend. 

Earlier this month, INDOT crews used 50 tons of patching mix to fill potholes. Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said earlier this month that the road also has problems with flooded lanes, debris dropped by trucks and streetlight outages.

Deitchley said anyone whose vehicle was damaged by a pothole on a state road can call (855) 464-6368 for information on filing a tort claim.

However, it was unclear late Sunday if motorists could get reimbursed. According to Indiana's chapter on tort claims against governmental entities and public employees, the temporary condition of a public thoroughfare caused by the weather was listed online as a reason the government would not be held liable for damage.

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