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Drivers dodging potholes in shopping center parking lots

Some of the largest holes drivers come across aren't being filled because they are in parking lots.

Posted: Feb. 28, 2019 10:19 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Street department crews are filling in hundreds of potholes across Fort Wayne.

However, some of the largest holes drivers come across aren't being filled because they are in parking lots.

Covington Plaza in southwest Fort Wayne has traffic pylons marking the potholes because they are so deep.

"They're really bad. I've never seen anything like this before," said Susan Tuori, who shops at the shopping center regularly. "This year is the first year I've really noticed some very large potholes."

Drivers at the Chapel Ridge shopping center on the northeast side are having a hard time dodging the potholes there.

Some drivers stopped before driving through the potholes.

"We just look so goofy in our cars. We have to get them aligned all the time," said Andrea Strickler.

"I'm amazed at the number and size of them, the city hadn't repaired them," said Tuori.

The city isn't responsible for fixing parking lots, that is left up to the property owners.

"It's a shame they don't have them fixed. Hopefully they can get that taken care of," said Strickler.

"If the parking lot owner isn't a responsible owner, then they might go on for awhile," said Tuori.

A city spokesman said the city will fix pot holes up to the edge of the right away.

But that doesn't help Touri when she needs to park.

"They're big enough if you hit it dead on you might blow a tire," she said.

FOX 55 reached out to several property management companies to see who is responsible and how they get fixed, but no returned requests by the time of the publication.

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