This time of the year, drivers have mastered the art of dodging potholes in an effort to stay safe on the roads. But residents from one Harrison County town are dealing with one giant pothole of sorts, and they say it's only a matter of time before someone gets hurt.
Less than a year ago, drivers could safely navigate Jack Run Road in Lumberport. Ever since, it's become a massive problem for residents, due to a road slip that has left only one lane useable.
"June of last year, it started as a little depression. And there was a small pullout on that side, right by the slip. When it went, that's when the people started calling, trying to avoid what we have now," said resident Jeffrey Loar.
Loar lives right down the road from the slip. Also right around the corner: Lumberport Middle and Elementary schools.
"Not more than a half-mile. There's a lot of buses, a lot of kids up that way. We're just afraid someone's going to go through it," said Loar.
Loar thinks the severity of the slip could have been prevented.
"The water buildup and stuff on the other side of the road is what's washing it out. Even if they'd have done something about that, ditched it or something to divert the water, it might not have gotten this bad," said Loar. "They had the same type of situation on Meadowbrook Road, and within a couple of months, they jumped on it."
"Our slips and everything are taken into consideration, just like our roads when we do our plowing. We try to get the most heavily traveled areas fixed first," said district manager Greg Phillips of the Division of Highways.
Other residents will even go as far as pinpointing the cause.
"They drill wells on the back side of this road, and we're getting an unnatural runoff," said resident Jim Carpenter.
Regardless of the reason for the slip, the Division of Highways says it's seeking a solution, but relies on contractors to complete the work, and those, Phillips said, are limited.
"People just have to work with us the best they can, and I understand there's concerns about it. I would be concerned if I lived in the area, but we don't have that magic wand to wave to correct them all at the same time," said Phillips.