Drivers inconvenienced by pothole near Pentagon

WASHINGTON – ‘Tis the season for potholes, and a big one near the Pentagon caused a lot of trouble for drivers this past Saturday.

“We were headed to a bar in Arlington,” said Brian Taylor. “All of [a] sudden, this humongous pothole. I hit it with my passenger’s side. Immediately, flat tire.”

Taylor said he was trying to merge into traffic near the Pentagon when it happened.

“I look at the back tire and sure enough, it’s flat, too,” he recalled.

The pothole claimed two other cars and caught the attention of Pentagon Police. The area isn’t federal property, but when vehicles drive across that stretch, an officer is sent there to ensure there’s no risk.

Taylor says he filed a claim for the tires with the Virginia Department of Transportation. The tires cost him more than $500 and he missed watching the game with his daughter.

“It does help for drivers to let us know where those bad potholes are so we can get to those,” said Jennifer McCord, a VDOT spokeswoman.

Taylor said he saw the pothole was filled on Monday.

Drivers can report potholes on VDOT’s website, on the phone or through the customer service center at 1-800-367-7623.

Megan Cloherty

WTOP Investigative Reporter Megan Cloherty primarily covers breaking news, crime and courts.

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