PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5) -- It's been less than two months since opening day, but a portion of the new stretch of the Loop 202 is already in need of repairs.
Drivers who use the new Loop 202 connecting the West and East Valley say they're noticing some rough patches, especially at the overpasses where the concrete meets the asphalt. Much of the damage can be seen in the six miles in both directions between Dobbins Road in Laveen to the I-10 in the west Valley.
The deterioration hasn't yet turned into potholes, but it's still a concern for some drivers. After all, rough roads could lead to costly repairs. If it looks like this now, many are worried about the future. "I mean obviously, that's terrible. It's brand new. Why is it deteriorating like that already?" wondered one driver. "It's just going to get worse. it's disappointing that it's brand new and that's already what it's looking like."
Others, like Olena Lekhovakuick, aren't too worried. But, she says she's a little surprised. She takes the Loop 202 a short distance to get her kids to school. "So you kind of have some bumps but that's not like a big concern or issue. I know it's brand brand new. I hope they will fix it as soon as possible," said Lekhovakuick.
ADOT spokesperson Tom Herrmann said ADOT has been aware of the issues since last week. "We've seen a few spots where the pavement has come up. We're well aware of that. We're looking at it now to come up with the right solution to make those repairs," said Herrmann. "We apologize for that. We want to provide a freeway that will serve them well for decades in the future." He's not totally surprised, but agreed that "it shouldn't be happening after two months."
As for what's causing it, and why it's happening faster than normal wear and tear, he said, "It's hard to say. There's many number of reasons. You don't really want to speculate. You want to let the engineers come out here, take a look, let them evaluate exactly what happened and what we exactly need to do to fix it and make sure it doesn't happen again."
Herrmann didn't have a date we could see the rough patches fixed, but said it would be soon. "I don't have a date for you at this point, but I would expect fairly soon we want to get out there. The freeway has been open less than 2 months. We want to get out and make sure the things are performing as they should and there's no additional deterioration," he said.