Rain already causes driving issues, Caltrans trying to prevent some down-the-road


The slick road conditions have caused accidents all day Wednesday. While rain in itself brings concerns for drivers, it raises pothole concerns for Caltrans — the agency has crews out 24/7 to try and mitigate as many as possible.

Consistent rainfall all morning made it a wet start to the day for most Central Valley drivers. On the road, it makes drivers more cautious, like Rychard. He once saw a big rig flip over because of slick roads.

“It actually hydroplaned and then twisted,” he recalled. “It flipped over, end-on-end, right in front of me.”

Rychard didn’t see anything like that Wednesday, but he’s still concerned.

“Everybody’s driving a little fast, though, I know some people have been passing me up,” he said.

Speedy drivers caused multiple crashes in the area. Near Shaw and Brawley avenues, Fresno Police say three cars collided after one driver couldn’t stop in time for a red light. Over by Bullard and Thompson avenues in Clovis, California Highway Patrol said a speeding driver rear-ended another car and pushed it into a field.

Caltrans crews are making sure roads remain clear by keeping tabs on the drainage systems.

“If it gets clogged, then we’re out there un-clogging,” Caltrans District 6 public information officer Sam Yniguez said.

Caltrans does this before the storms as well, knowing all it takes is just a little water to make a big pothole to damage a car.

You can report potholes into Caltrans online or by phone. Online you can report them through a form, which can be found by clicking here. The office number is 559-488-4067.

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July 23 2021 05:30 pm

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