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POTHOLE-OCOLYPSE: Revenge Of The Pothole

Potholes are everywhere, but now they're bigger, meaner, and hungry.

(Photo Credit: Kevin Ratermann/WISH-TV)

Drivers have honorably sacrificed tires and suspensions to the pothole street gods of Indianapolis, driving mountains of business to local auto shops and sending owners skyrocketing into the upper tier of Trump’s new tax bracket. Granted, half of the shops are closed due to mid-level management taking last second vacations to Morocco, Spain, and the Grecian Islands. I compliment the city for being so innovative with this “hands off” method of stimulating the local economy.

Once again, #IndyIsAPothole.Pothole Giant Ratermann

(Photo Credit: Kevin Ratermann/WISH-TV)

Well look at that. Who bombed the southbound lanes of Meridian St., and how did I miss it? The late John Holmes didn't have that length and girth. It’s so deep, crude oil is sitting on the top.

And that’s not the only one. The right lane of southbound Meridian is pothole hell from 86th to 16th. I drove it in my crappy little car. I thought it was going to explode. Think of the pothole THAT would have left. What a tangled web we weave.  

Kevin Ratermann of WISH-TV snapped these shots. It almost swallowed his boot. Just think of what it’d do to your undercarriage. And your car:Pothole Rain Ratermann

Good news is, it did get filled:

Again, that's only one. Check out this video from @BeachheadV. It's at Oscar Robertson Blvd (in front of Crispus Attucks High School) approaching W. 10th St:

Still, I hear it's better than Keystone Ave. Hard to believe, but really not. 

So what’s next? what’s the plan?

Here’s what we know:


It's the second pothole blitz of the season! Indy's Department of Public Works (DPW) is going to bum rush our streets with its legendary "hot mix" this Monday, February 26th through March 2nd.

Problem. The potholes keep ripping open:

Hopefully they'll... um... stay filled this time. Hashtag? #OurHolesStayFilled.


Things have really changed since the last time we talked about potholes, like, a whole three weeks ago. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has rolled all the reporting of road problems - including POTHOLES - at the INDOT4U website. You can also tattle on your least favorite pothole on INDOT's mobil app, found here

When do you report to INDOT?  Well, let's revist our "Who Fills My D*mn Pothole" chart:

Flow Chart



Remember the rules for INDOT? As a refresher:

  • Any interstate, inside I-465 or outside of I-465.
  • Any U.S. highway or state road OUTSIDE of I-465

Use INDOT4U, or download the mobil app and take it from there!


Indy residents wanting to fill a pothole or two will eventually need to contact DPW. Rules?


  • Any U.S. highway (Washington St/U.S. 40), state road (Kentucky Ave/S.R. 37), or street, alley, etc.

Report your pothole and check on the progress at this link, or call the Mayor's Action Center at (317) 327-4622. There's also a Mayor's Action Center app here.


Have a pothole on a county road? Call the county! Here's a link to the phone numbers for each county:


You CAN be reimbursed for damage to your car caused by an Indy pothole, and here's how you do it:

  • First, report the pothole to DPW via the Mayor's Action Center, or by the DPW pothole website.

(The pothole HAS to be on record if you're going to receive reimbursement. It has to be recorded by DPW. Make sure it's reported first, and I'd take a screen shot or get a recipet as proof (remember, I'm not a lawyer. It took me nine years to get my undergrad).

  • File your claim withing the 180 days of your flat tire, busted rim, etc. Call the Mayor's Action Center, use the Mayor's Action Center App, or use the website. If it's me, I want to talk to someone. 
  • Keep all reciepts realted to the damage to your car. EVERYTHING.  


How about a couple of year and-a-half bridge closures to kickoff your work week? DPW has announced that a couple of bridges along Oliver Avenue and McCarty Street - between South Harding Street and Kentucky Avenue -will shutdown for rehabilitation until summer of 2019. 

Detour? Use S. Harding, W. Morris, to Kentucky. Flip it around if you're coming from the east.  Check it out:

Oliver - McCarty Bridge Closures

Sunday, I was driving to downtown on Meridian St., which is one gigantic chuckhole. I guess to take a positive out of it - while schucking and diving to maintain the integrity of our cars - we were all sort of working together. No horns, plenty of turn signals, nervous grins, some oh sh*t looks, and a couple of laughs. It's like we were all in pothole hell, so let's just be miserable together. Let's just be cool.

I'm good with that. It was kind of fun - in a sick sense. 


Matt Bair has a handlebar mustache made of real handlebars, because he hit a pothole while riding his bike. He's the new voice of Indianapolis traffic , and can be followed on Twitter @WIBCTrafficTips? Call direct at (317) 684-8134 or the 93 WIBC Newsroom at (317) 637-6397.

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