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Drivers report damage to tires and wheels after driving over pot holes on Varner Road


Driving down Varner Road between Bob Hope Drive and Date Palm Drive you can hear just how rough the road is.

Looking at Varner Road it's easy to see the wear and tear.

In fact, Ana Quintana of Desert Hot Springs says the damaged road recently left her car with a flat tire and a damaged rim.

Her car also needs an alignment.

"I was in the position where I had to get someone to change the tire because it's a very busy road. Ir's not really safe to have someone change a tire," said Quintana.

Audrey Madrigal says the beat up roadway damaged tires and scuffed rims on her car and her fiancé's car.

"My tire looks like it's going to blow on my primary vehicle. It's bubbled on the top and the bottom of the tire," said Madrigal.

Madrigal says over the past week she's has noticed "5 other drivers" stopped along the side of Varner with damage to their tires.

Driving the roadway, we did not find large circular pot holes, but other openings where the pavement is cracked or separating.

The shoulder of the road is also badly worn in spots.

The worst wear and tear is just southeast of Date Palm Drive.

In one spot, asphalt appeared to be freshly laid.

Later in the day, a Cathedral City spokesperson said some spot repairs began Tuesday.

"I's the responsibility of the city to maintain the roads because that is why we pay taxes," said Quintana.

The city spokesperson also tells us the Coachella Valley Association of Governments will soon begin prioritizing valley road repair projects for the next round of funding.

Chris Parman also told us the city will push for Varner to get top consideration.

The resurfacing cost is estimated at $4 to $7 million.

There is no word on when that work might begin.

"i don't feel safe driving the road anymore and with it being my primary route it's hard to remote and go out of my way," said Madrigal.

Parman says drivers who've experienced damage to their cars while on city roads can call city hall at (760) 770-0340 to file a claim.

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