When will I-70 be smoothed out?

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – If the bounces don’t tell you, a rough road sign on Interstate 70 west of Brookville lets you know you’re in for a bumpy ride.

We wanted to know when that stretch of road could be smoothed out, so we called the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Spokesperson Steve Faulkner says they are aware of the problem and are looking at a temporary fix, but a more permanent fix may have to wait until Spring when asphalt plants reopen.

In the meantime, we wanted to know if the rough road sign will make it more likely that ODOT would pay for any damage the potholes on that stretch would cause to your car.

Faulkner says they are not sure what it would mean for claims.

Claims against ODOT are looked at by the Ohio Court of Claims. In general, you have to show ODOT was aware of the problem and didn’t fix it in a timely manner.

We looked at the number of claims filed the last three years as of January. Each year, the percentage of claims paid out has dropped going from 335 out of 496 in 2011 to 38 out of 100 in 2012 to 8 out of 95 in 2013.

Faulkner says they don’t have numbers for this winter because it often takes four to six months for the court to decide on a claim.

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