Drivers want city to pay for rough pavement damage to their cars

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Some city residents are outraged after they say their cars were damaged due to rough pavement. The residents claim there were no warning signs posted on the main streets to warn drivers about what to expect.

"No cones, no signs, nothing; then boom! The entire front end of my car and my tire blew out and they told me I broke an axle," said Bionca Kelley.

Some St. Louis residents are steaming mad about road construction underway in their neighborhood.

The St. Louis City officials say roadwork is underway on North Broadway.

"We have a milling machine that does a mill around these manholes. We want to get a good finish product in the end," said Deanna Venker, St. Louis Traffic Commissioner.

However, with the road surface, there is rough pavement and contains grooves, edges, and elevated manhole covers, and that's not sitting well with many drivers.

Molly Digman is asking the city to pay for the damage done to her car due to rough pavement.

"I called the street department and they told me it's not their fault, that I'm in control of my car at all times,” said Digman.

Digman alleges she was driving down North Broadway driving the speed limit when she encountered the rough pavement and elevated manholes. Digman said she crashed into another vehicle trying to avoid the same rough pavement the other car was trying to avoid.

"There's no warning signs; no nothing. The city should be responsible," Digman said.

Fox 2 news crews captured video of many other drivers hitting the very same rough spot. We only noticed rough pavement signs on the side streets and not the main stretch warning drivers.

Molly Digman said the estimated damage to her vehicle is about $3,000. St. Louis City officials said the rough pavement should not cause that much damage and that they're not responsible for it. The city will be putting more signs up in the area until the work is completed to warn drivers about the rough pavement.