Coping With Road Hazards

There are enough hazards on the roads without having to cope with the unexpected. One of those has an Omaha man asking the city to reimburse him for the damage to his car.

There is some sidewalk work going on in the Old Market, on 13th between Jackson and Howard. On Thursday night, Jeff Beaudoin found trouble in the street.

“I'm just driving 15 to 20 miles per hour, looking for a parking spot and all of a sudden my car hit a barricade because I literally did," he said.

He hit a three foot high pile of cement mix in the street. It tore the bumper off his Honda.

WOWT Six News happened to be in the Old Market at the time and came across the scene around 7:45.

Beaudoin said, “You couldn't see it because it's the same color as the street."

He doesn't understand why it wasn't marked with a barricade or some type of warning.

He said, “The cones were on the sidewalk. They just weren't by the pile."

By the time darkness descended the city had placed cones around the pile.

Beaudoin said he’ll file a claim with the city to cover the damage. The repair bill for his bumper is $1,600.

“I fully expect them to see the obvious that this is something that should not be in the middle of the street without a barricade."

Jeff left a message with the mayor's hotline Thursday night and not heard back by Friday evening.

WOWT Six News contacted Omaha Public Works but we have yet to hear back.

Jeff’s claim will include writing a letter to the city clerk, submitting the estimates or bills. The procedures for filing claims can be found here.

While we hear a lot about pot holes causing problems and the city saying it only will pay if they knew about a pothole and didn't fix it, this appears to be a different situation since someone actually put the sand there.

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