Potholes force drivers off the road on I-75 in Grant County

At least 16 drivers have vehicles with flat tires or bent rims on I-75 north in Grant County (WKRC)

GRANT COUNTY, Ky. (WKRC) - Potholes are being patched in Grant County Wednesday, but not before several drivers hit them hard.

A number of vehicles have had to pull over on northbound I-75 in Grant County due to potholes. Drivers have been dealing with flat tires and bent rims.

Mike Baker was heading to work around 5:30 a.m. when he saw several pulled off along the side of the road.

"I was like, "Why are they there?" By that time I hit two of the potholes, bent two of my rims and gave me a flat," Baker said.

He was in the center lane of northbound I-75 near Crittenden when he the pothole.

David Laycock's damage isn't as bad, but it still left him stranded.

"I was heading into work and I noticed the state trooper on the side with his lights on -- about 16 cars out here. I went to merge over to get out of the way and hit the pothole," he said.

He needs a new wheel and a new tire and got an unexpected day off work.

"Oh, yeah, I'm not making it. It's a day's lost wages," Laycock said.

The sheriff's department is still tallying the number of drivers whose cars were damaged, but say there are at least 10. Those drivers may be able to file a claim to cover their repair costs if the commonwealth knew about the pothole and didn't repair it in a timely matter. You can look at the claims page here.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said its pothole patrol will be out Wednesday. Crews will start south of Williamstown and then head north to the Kenton County line, then back south.

Crews will use rolling roadblocks during the repairs so drivers should expect delays.

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