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Shreveport residents fed up with potholes throughout city

Potholes, like this one at Fairfield Avenue and W 65th Street, are a common scene on Shreveport...
Potholes, like this one at Fairfield Avenue and W 65th Street, are a common scene on Shreveport roads.(KSLA)
Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 4:01 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 15, 2021 at 11:15 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Shreveport residents are fed up with the number of potholes throughout the city and how long it seems to take to fix them.

On Monday, Nov. 15, KSLA’s Tayler Davis talked with Jarvis Morgan, the city’s streets and drainage superintendent, about the ongoing issues.

She also spoke with people who live in the city and are sick of dodging them as they’re driving around town.

John Zachary said it cost him $750 to get pothole damage to his car fixed.

“Coming from my mother’s house right there on Lakeshore, hit a pothole. And, matter of fact, Officer P{rice came out and he responded on the scene. He put cones out; my car was torn up at that point.”

Henry Hunter, who lives on Tulane Avenue, said: “I can hardly get off my driveway without tearing my car up.”

He added that it’s been an issue for years.

“We deserve better than this. And as you see, it’s not going to get better; it’s going to get worse. They said we were due to get out street fixed next year. And I’ve heard that, I mean, so many times.”

Morgan, the city’s streets and drainage superintendent, said they aren’t ignoring the gaping potholes. “We patch potholes every single day.”

Morgan noted that some of the potholes are caused by 18-wheelers. And each year, he added, the city has a fixed budget to fix all the potholes that you see in the city.

“We do get a set amount of yearly budget to be able to go out and patch how many potholes we can within that budget. Normally, it’s emergency type things only because (of) the amount in the budget.”

There are a few ways you can report road issues you see around the city.

• The SeeClickFix app can be downloaded from the Google Play or Apple App. Store it on your mobile devices.

• To use the service, online go to www.shreveportla.gov and click “Report a concern.”

• Or call Streets & Drainage at (318) 673-6330

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