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Cars Damaged By SE Travis Co. Construction Work

Updated: Tuesday, August 12 2014, 06:27 PM CDT

Almost a week later, Wanda Goldstein is still cleaning the tar and rocks off her truck, after driving down a newly repaved road in her neighborhood.

With construction projects all over the Austin area, KEYE TV Traffic Anchor Erica Brennes went digging to find out what happens if your car gets damaged because of poor road conditions.

This is a sight becoming very familiar to drivers in the Austin area.
Road closed for construction.

But on this day, this road, recently closed for repaving, was closed again.

"When he first turned on the road, he couldn't understand why everyone was going so slow.  And then as soon as he hit the tar and rocks, he finally realized what had happened," says Wanda Goldstein.

TxDOT says there was a problem with some of the newly laid rock not sticking to the newly paved roadway, and that became a sticky mess on Wanda Goldstein's husbands truck.

"It had thrown tar up the side of his truck, up the doors and to the windows. On his step up boards it was this deep of rock and tar, and inside the wheel wells and wheel covers to tar had flung it."

Wanda reached out to KEYE TV to report what happened, but upon arrival, TxDOT had already shut down the road to correct the problem.

"I had called y'all... To find out if there was anyway y'all could help, at least give us info or a contact that we could call for people who had damage to their trucks."

So we found out, what should you do if your car is damaged in a construction zone?

In Wanda's case, because FM 1625 is maintained by TxDOT, she'll report her claim to TxDOT.

But from there, cleaning up the sticky, can get tricky.

First step find out who maintains the road. File a claim with that entity, whether it's city, county or state. If it's denied, it's then up to you to decide if you want to claim it on your insurance, or pursue legal action, which can get costly.

Follow @ericabrennes on Twitter for breaking traffic updates in the Austin area.

(Photo from Wanda Goldstein.)

Cars Damaged By SE Travis Co. Construction Work


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