Why won't the city take on the pothole from hell?

Why won't the city take on the pothole from hell?

CREATED Apr 5, 2012

Reporter: Stephani Ruiz 

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It's been called the pothole from hell. And if you've seen it, you know why.

The stretch of West Commerce Court, a southside roadway near Valencia and Midvale Park Road is riddled with potholes, cracks and lose gravel.

The pesky pothole has caused a lot of finger pointing- landing right on the Midvale Park Commerce Center Association. John Howe, owner of Nighthawk Trucking, says the potholes are out of control.

"It was just crammed down our throats. And told we would be assessed these monies," Howe said.

Kiewit Construction, based in Nebraska, owns the land underneath the road but washed its hands of the jagged pavement above- and slapped responsibility right on the businesses along the road.

"When I bought the property we were asked to maintain the potholes in the street, not rebuild the streets," Howe said.

Howe said he'll need a loan to pay his portion of more than $100,000 to fix the roads. But he says that money won't fix the overall problem.

"I've been in the paving business for a lot of years and it will patch what is bad now but down here you're going to have another spot and further down you're going to have another spot, every time it rains," Howe said.

The business association went to the city to annex these roads in January- and the city said no thank you.

City Councilwoman Regina Romero was out of the office today, but her staff tells KGUN9 the city won't consider taking over these roads until they're fixed.
"The city's gotta take these roads over. Economic development is absolutely what's going to save Tucson. We need jobs, we need them right here by major neighborhoods like Midvale Park. We need these roads fixed," Joseph Miller, a Midvale Park resident, said.

An Emissions Testing Center along that route brings in a lot of traffic. Romero's office says she offered to ask for state help on the business association's behalf back in January, but she never heard back from the association.