Pothole nightmare continues on Cline Avenue

2014-01-13T09:41:00Z 2014-02-20T09:37:20Z Pothole nightmare continues on Cline AvenueKeith Benman keith.benman@nwi.com, (219) 933-3326 nwitimes.com
January 13, 2014 9:41 am  • 

A reopened Cline Avenue continued to pose hazards for motorists Monday, with one pothole-laden ramp putting seven vehicles out of commission.

A truck and six cars had tires flattened by a giant pothole on a ramp that runs to Cline from a side road connecting Toll Road exit 10 with Chicago Avenue, the Lake County Sheriff's Department said.

Most already had pulled onto Cline northbound before they were able to find refuge on the narrow shoulder.

Another vehicle was disabled at the Fifth Avenue ramp.

Patti Van Til, spokeswoman for the Lake County Sheriff's Department, said deputies formally received four calls for service Monday from motorists on Cline Avenue.  

A portion of Cline Avenue reopened just after midnight Monday after state officials closed it to repair potholes damaging a record number of cars.

Matt Deitchley, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation, said the road reopened just after midnight. Other ramps that remained closed reopened just before the morning rush.

The Indiana Department of Transportation closed Cline on Saturday night after an alarming number of motorists reported pothole-related damage to their vehicles.

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.

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.

Deitchley said crews worked overnight Saturday into Sunday to fill potholes along the road.

In previous attempts to patch the deteriorating expressway this winter, INDOT filled holes and cracks with 50 tons of asphalt.

At 7:45 a. m. Monday local towing companies were assisting the last of the seven disabled motorists stranded on Cline just before where Chicago Avenue passes under it.

Motorists were exercising some caution Monday at morning rush hour, slowing to 45 mph on the road posted for 55 mph.

Times staff writer Lauri Harvey Keagle contributed to this report.

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