Landlord plans to fix potholes at Narrows shopping center ‘soon’

EDWARDSVILLE — Potholes lurk all over the parking lot of the Narrows Shopping Center along Route 11 in Edwardsville and the situation appears to be only getting worse.

Cathy Soprano, Borough Director of Edwardsville, was clear when contacted about the situation – it is outside of the Borough’s jurisdiction as the mall is privately owned.

“We got hundreds of calls from people complaining about the potholes there,” Soprano said. “We don’t know what to do. We called and called the owner, but nothing was done.

Soprano added, “If the borough could do something, we would.”

The Times chief contacted the owner, Signature Acquisitions of New Jersey, and was told the company was aware of the situation and was actively working to resolve it.

Jeff Smith, COO of Signature Acquisitions, spoke on behalf of the company.

“We’re working to get it fixed,” Smith said. “We are actively working on a solution and hope to start in the near future.”

Smith added: “We have a plan and hope to start soon.”

State Sen. John Yudichak, I-Swoyersville, said, “As a frequent shopper at the Narrows Mall, I am well aware of shoppers’ frustration with the poor condition of the parking lot. My office will be contacting the mall owner to inquire about plans to address concerns raised by shoppers and to work to improve driving conditions at the site.

Rep. Aaron Kaufer, R-Kingston, also commented on the situation.

“I saw the condition of the parking lot firsthand and narrowly avoided some of the bigger potholes,” Kaufer said. “Unfortunately the property is private property and requires action from the owners. I will work with Senator Yudichak to find a solution to the situation.

During this time, cars often have to swerve to avoid potholes and potential damage to tires, rims and their vehicles.

A motorist, who asked not to be identified, said: “Something has to be done. These are some of the biggest potholes I have ever seen. And they are everywhere.

Another motorist said the huge potholes hide when it rains.

“And so if someone doesn’t know them and they try to drive through what looks like a big puddle of water, they’re going to get a very nasty surprise,” the motorist said.

Potholes can cause serious damage

Pothole damage can range from a crack in the wheel, a flat tire or even a bent rim. More severe damage can cause your vehicle’s suspension to fail or damage to shock absorbers. If these damages are not checked and repaired in a timely manner, they can lead to serious problems in the future.

In February 2022, Jana Tidwell, Public and Government Affairs Manager for AAA Mid-Atlantic, said, “Damage from potholes is not just an inconvenience. This can be a significant expense. »

AAA issued a warning to motorists due to the annual appearance of potholes in the spring. Potholes can be found throughout NEPA.

In some cases, AAA says the impact of a pothole can leave a car owner with repair bills ranging from under $250 to over $1,000, depending on the extent of the damage, the vehicle brand and tire brand.

“Hitting a pothole can damage a lot more than your tires,” Tidwell said. “In addition to the cost of major repairs, many vehicles these days don’t have a spare tire, so those without AAAs also have the added expense of a tow.”

AAA says that blown tires, dented rims, damaged wheels, dislodged wheel weights, out of place struts, dislocated shock absorbers and damaged exhaust systems are all common and costly automotive problems caused by nest- of chicken. Other telltale signs include misaligned steering systems and broken ball joints.

According to an AAA study on potholes:

• Americans spend an average of $3 billion a year to repair pothole damage to their vehicles.

• U.S. drivers paid an average of $300 each to repair pothole-related damage to their vehicles in 2017,

AAA is urging motorists to avoid driving through puddles, which could be “potholes in disguise”.

Contact Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.

Edwin S. Wolfe