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Slippery sidewalks, plethora of potholes create winter troubles for Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- They're an unfortunate consequence of the recent arctic weather: deep potholes and dangerous sidewalks are appearing all over Louisville.When it comes to Louisville's sidewalks, there are two types: those that have been plowed, and those that have not.

"It will probably be another month before they get that cleaned up," said a man walking near Broadway and Preston streets Monday. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer knows of the trouble saying recently. "Clearing sidewalks is the responsibility of the property owner. I know it's a hassle and you don't want to do it, but it comes with being a property owner."

While some businesses have responded to the Mayor's calls, many sidewalks downtown and in Louisville neighborhoods remain a slippery, sloppy mess.

The city has an ordinance for snow removal but it's not citing for non-compliance, forcing some walkers into the cleaned streets for a safer trek.

Antoinette Moore is one of those walkers. On Monday morning, she was on a mile-long journey to Kroger.

"It's hard to walk," she said. "You see how slippery it is. If I didn't have on these boots, I probably would fall."

Meanwhile, the snow and ice giving way on the roads reveals a different problem: a plethora of potholes -- and if they're on the freeway, we're told they'll not likely to get attention anytime soon.

"We're not out pothole patching today because we have crews hauling salt trying to restock supplies, trying to get ready for the potential of another winter weather event this week," said Andrea Clifford of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

A few Metro Louisville crews did fill the deepest holes on city streets Monday, but resources are thin, as it's generally the same people salting and plowing as would be repairing. It's frustrating for sure, but it's also the expected fallout from a record-breaking winter storm.

If your car is damaged from a pothole on a state maintained roadway, you can try to get a refund through the Kentucky Board of claims office.

In Louisville, you can report potholes by calling 311.





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