Dozens of vehicles disabled by pothole problems on U.S. 36

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BOULDER, Colo. -- More than two dozen vehicles were disabled along U.S. 36 near Table Mesa on Monday night after they hit at least one large pothole that developed on the westbound side of the highway.

The Colorado State Patrol said as many as 30 vehicles had flat tires and other damage between Louisville and Boulder. There were no reports of injuries but traffic was backed up on westbound U.S. 36.

Colorado Department of Transportation crews responded to make repairs to the highway. The biggest pothole on westbound 36 was near the Cherryvale overpass.

The potholes caused big backups as dozens of cars pulled over, forcing the Colorado State Patrol to bring the highway down to one lane.

"Our whole car went up and down," driver Eric Craig said. "I want to say it was a foot, a foot and a half deep. It was a big one."

"I kinda hit the roof," Brian Cooper said. "Kinda banged my head on the roof of the car when it went over the bump."

Added Kathleen Sands: "The problem isn't so much the Texas-sized pothole. It's more that you can't see the road."

Several drivers said they couldn't see the potholes because of visibility issues. Many cars were towed away, while others had spare tires put on.

CDOT said the repairs have been made and traffic is moving Tuesday morning.

For damage claims regarding U.S. 36, call the hotline of the contractor at 303-404-7042.


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