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CamTran reroutes buses because of damaging potholes

By: Maria Miller

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- With the harsh winter we've already seen, potholes have been a problem for drivers across the region. But in one Johnstown neighborhood they're so bad public transportation has had to change its route.

CamTran announced Monday a stop near the Solomon homes has temporarily closed and the route has been detoured around for its routes 9, 10 and 11.

"Just because of the way the winter has been with the semi-thawing and then freezing again, the roads are just in deplorable condition," said Josh Yoder, director of marketing and planning for CamTran. "It got to be a point of where it was more of a safety concern for us and our passengers."

CamTran is rerouting its buses around a stretch of Solomon Run Road that, for about six blocks, is torn up. There are potholes small and large that are so frequent, they're nearly impossible to maneuver around.

"This is bad. Not only is it ruining people's cars, it makes it harder to get to work and the ice is making it even worse," said one driver.

6 News saw many drivers taking it slow and others whipping straight through. Jana Young said she's been cautious but said the road has already ruined one of her cars.

"I just got a new car thankfully," Young said. "My last one, it broke my vehicle. My brake line snapped because of this."

No one from the city was available to answer 6 News' questions Monday, but it's not entirely a city problem. Many of the holes were created in December as contractors got to work on the sewer project, which is not yet finished in the Solomon area of town and a project that could still take several months to complete.

"They come back and put gravel on the ground and all it does is tear it up even more," Young said. "This is like medieval times, driving through a peasant village."

Until the road is fixed CamTran said it's buses will not be driving through. It's already posted signs at the nearest stop, but said riders only have to walk a few extra blocks than normal to catch the bus.

"Anytime we make a change we try to keep the customer in mind," Yoder said. "We keep the buses close to being on their regular route if possible and this was no exception."

"I think they really need to come out here and try to do something," Young said. "I know it's going to be hard because of the snow and ice and everything, but this is not OK."

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