Crews work to repair potholes on I-264

Posted at 11:44 PM, Aug 13, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-13 23:44:23-04

It's no secret, I-264 is littered with potholes. You don't have to look hard to find them, they'll find you.

"You might as well get a four-wheel drive if you got to drive down 264. You know that," said Scott Bander, a local driver.

It's so bad that even outlandish exaggerations don't seem ridiculous.

"I'm driving a Jeep with a real tight suspension and you feel those potholes through your teeth, knocks your fillings out," said Jim Meincke of Virginia Beach. "It's pretty interesting."

Scott Bander sees victims of I-264 come in daily to his Firestone auto care shop.

"A lot of people need alignments because of it," Bander said. "You know, it's pretty bad."

Each bump from a pothole is another unfriendly reminder that while driving on the road is free, the repairs it causes are not.

"It's an added expense that I don't need, and if the road were like it's suppose to be, I would have a smooth drive," said James Pearce of Virginia Beach.

"When it comes down to it, help. Help!" Bander said.

For more than a year, crews have been working five days a week to repair a 2.5 mile stretch of I-264 westbound near Downtown Norfolk. Now on to phase two: Resurfacing the eastbound section Waterside or City Hall and headed toward the Beach.

"I can tell the roads are a lot smoother," Pearce said.

"It really is a bad road," Meincke said. "It's been neglected ever since they took the toll booths out 10 years ago or however long it's been, and the road has steadily declined so it's comforting to know that they're going to repave it."