Watch 12 Video on WPRI.com

RIDOT: Majority of damage claims from Route 146 potholes resolved

News

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — A majority of the claims filed by drivers whose vehicles were damaged by several large potholes on Route 146 in North Smithfield have been resolved, Call 12 for Action has learned.

Charles St. Martin, a spokesperson for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) said the agency received 95 claims from the January 24, 2019 incident that brought traffic to a standstill.

St. Martin said most of the claims have been paid, totaling $29,873.91. Some claims require additional documents, and others are being finalized and processed, he said.

Because the damage occurred in a work zone, the typical $300 maximum reimbursement did not apply to claims.

At the time, RIDOT Director Peter Alviti held a news conference to answer questions about the incident.

“We had a lot of rain, followed by a very quick freeze,” he explained. “Water will find its way under the pavement. It freezes and expands, and then you get a very warm day like today, where it thaws and the pavement collapses and breaks apart.”

As Call 12 for Action previously reported, in 2018, 722 pothole claims were filed with RIDOT. The state paid 427 of them.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Providence

Download Mobile Apps from WPRI 12
DOWNLOAD APPS NOW: Apple App Store | Google Play Store
PINPOINT WEATHER // Quick Links:

Call 12 For Action: Volunteer With Us

Want to Volunteer with our Call 12 For Action Team?

We’re always looking for help on our Call 12 For Action consumer investigation team. If you are interested in volunteering your time to help consumers, let us know.

Call 12 For Action Volunteer Application ยป

Don't Miss

Don't Miss Community Events

More Community

Target 12

Live Cams