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Shreveport's Bad Roads

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Potholes and bad roads we certainly have more than our fair share in this part of the country.

These dastardly dents in the roadway can do a number on your car.


" Sparks fly up from underneath peoples cars. I've seen a piece of vehicle get left on the road," said Columbia Street resident Chip Lipsey.

We could have picked from a plethora of jacked up roads across the area but we chose to focus on Columbia Street first for one simple reason.

The street leads right into what some consider the crown jewel of Shreveport higher education Centenary College.

"It's terrible, it's terrible. You go 1 mile and hour when you go through that. Or actually you try to find another way to get here," said Buddy Flett who travels Columbia Street regularly.

So how longs it been like this on Columbia street? Grass and other green stuff growing between cracks in a road tell you one thing it's been there a long time. one resident told me she thinks maybe 5, 7 or even 10 years this route has been torn up.

But, Columbia is far from the only street that needs considerable work around here. There's plenty of other trouble spots spread out around Shreveport.

It's not a pretty site, and, neither is your car repair bill when you have to take it to the shop.

"We see cars that won't hold an alignment well. We see tire damage quite often. We see strut and shock damage and suspension parts worn and broke," said Scotty Osborne of Broadmoore Garage. "I can show you a car that's probably in the 50 or 60 thousand miles range and it already has a strut mount broke in it. I would say that's a direct relationship to these roads in Louisiana.

"It's really hard on the car."

"I'd just like to see it fixed from getting vehicles torn up."


So if you think about it Louisiana residents actually pay taxes times two, when it comes to the roads. One to your local and state government to try and keep the roads in decent shape. And, one to your local car repair shop to keep your vehicle on those roads.

Osborne, showed us a little of what he sees everyday.

"You see right here, see how that moves, that shows you that strut support is broken, this side works this side doesn't. I'd call that a direct result of those pot holes and things like that, I really would."


We have obtained the list of roads that are up next to be repaired in Shreveport this Summer. Part 2 of this report is coming up tomorrow on KTBS News at Ten.

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