Pothole problems leave Tampa residents frustrated

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – On Magnolia Avenue in Tampa a pothole has been around so long, there are weeds growing in it. Months ago a city worker painted a white square around the hole.

Someone painted a green “smiley face” near it, and a barrier warns motorists to stay away from the depression. Magnolia is a street many people take to get to Bayshore Boulevard.

While a city crew painted the white square around it, no one has bothered to fix it. On Wednesday News Channel 8 showed the pothole problem to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

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“It’s the reality unfortunately. After the rains that we had a year ago, we literally got 5,000 new potholes that popped up as a result of that flooding, same is true this summer,” Buckhorn said.

One of those 5,000 potholes is directly in front of Lisa Kahlar’s South Tampa home on Estrella Street, just east of Macdill Avenue. Kahlar says she tried over and over to report the problem.

“The city, the manager, the mayor, everybody. Nothing happens,” she said.

Her husband has even tried filling the hole in with gravel and sand, but the hole is under a brick street and the sand and gravel have washed away.

Buckhorn says city crews are working as fast as they can to make repairs. “And by the way, none of that was budgeted for. So we are trying to get ahead of it, but I would agree with you, and I’m never happy because I hit the same potholes, that we need to get it done better and we need to get it done faster and we are doing the best that we can,” he said.

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