Baton Rouge tire repair shops seeing an increase in flats thanks to construction
POSTED: Monday, July 23, 2012 - 6:30pm
UPDATED: Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 2:33pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Randy Purvis has been fixing busted tires for close to two decades,
but it's only lately, with all of the construction that he's noticed a trend.
"We probably repair 20, 25 tires a day. We stay really busy with things in the street that get washed up by rain, and washed up by just the general construction," Purvis explained.
So busy in fact, he said they've had to hire on more staff.
"We have actually added a position, an extra tire guy, because we spend so much time patching tires," Purvis said.
Despite the increase in business for the mechanics at allied tires and brakes, officials with the EBR parish public works department and DOTD said they haven't seen that reflected in driver complaints.
"We have not seen an increase in reports of damage to vehicles lately," Lauren Lee, a spokeswoman with DOTD, said.
But if your car ends up a victim to hard road conditions, you may not end up with the bill. If you file a complaint and the state determines you’re not at fault, it could be fronting the bill.
"We encourage motorists to contact us if they have damage to their vehicle on a state roadway. We can take their information down and report it to the office of risk management," Lee added.
In the meantime, those fixing your tires have a few words of advice.
"To be real honest with you, all you can really do is avoid the construction areas as best you can. Most of the things that you get in a tire, you're not going to see by just driving anyways," Purvis shared.
If you feel you have needed repairs due to construction or bad road ways Lee encourages you to call the LA DOTD customer service line at 1-877-4LA-DOTD (1-877-452-3683).