Tarrant County motorists must endure rough pavement until fall

Uneven pavement

Credit: WFAA

Motorists driving on Interstate 30 in Fort Worth between Loop 830 and Cooper Street are dealing with rough pavement during a resurfacing operation.

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by JIM DOUGLAS

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WFAA

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 30 at 6:23 PM

FORT WORTH — Cars bounce and weave as they hit gouged-out pavement on Interstate 30 near Fielder Road.

"My tires are a victim of it,” said frustrated driver Aaron Stokes. “It's terrible!"

Stokes is convinced the rough road is tearing up his car, and he’s not alone.

"We've had issues with all our cars, as a matter of fact. The suspension and stuff like that," said Nathan Carroll.

He delivers baked goods. He said it's a little like driving on a five-mile long waffle. "It just beats your car up."

“What we’re doing is milling the top asphalt surface, and we’ll be laying down a new surface,” explained Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman Val Lopez. "It's about four inches of asphalt that needs to be removed."

Lopez said workers are resurfacing eastbound I-30 from Loop 820 in Fort Worth  to Cooper Street in Arlington. He said that stretch should be like new by early August.

Crews are working only at night for safety reasons. "Basically, we're working 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.," Lopez said. "We get off every morning so we don't impact rush hour traffic."

TxDOT will soon start grinding westbound lanes, too. The $5.6 million resurfacing project should be finished by this fall. But until then, officials urge motorists to drive like it's a construction zone.

On Monday afternoon, we watched drivers dodging divots at 70 mph.

E-mail jdouglas@wfaa.com

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