Drivers take part in unwanted 'pothole slalom' on Shelby Co. str - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Drivers do the 'pothole slalom' on Shelby Co. streets

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(WMC-TV) - Some people in Cordova are participating in their own unwanted Olympic game -- the pothole slalom.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton pledged to put $3.5 million into fixing potholes, but even as the money makes its way there, people are complaining about the problem.

Cars are dodging dips and dives around crumbling peaks and valleys on neighborhood streets. And they have had enough of it.

"We pay a lot of money to live here," said Brandon Santini. "The road is falling apart. You just see craters dug up ... They're bad on your suspension and they're popping up everywhere. It's an eyesore."

Santini says the potholes have been getting worse and worse over the past month.

"We attribute it to what we call the freeze thaw process, when we go from severely cold conditions to warmer weather conditions," explained Memphis Public Works spokeswoman Matoiri Spencer.

The City of Memphis is asking drivers to call 311 to report road problems, but Santini says he did that, and it got him nowhere.

"I called the 311 number and I went through this long menu of options and had what I thought was the right number and it just disconnected me," he said.

Action News 5's Kontji Anthony used the city's Smart Government app to report the Cordova pothole. 

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