Potholes are not just a problem on the streets this time of year. Private parking lots can also be riddled with them. And don't expect the city to fixing anything on private property.
If you're not paying attention while driving across the old Walmart parking lot at 84th and Brentwood Drive in La Vista, you may wish you had. Potholes seem to be everywhere.
“You automatically want to get out of your car and just see if there is any damage done,” said Stacey Knief, a stylist at The Hair Place, one of several businesses in the shopping center where Walmart used to be. “Because it feels like it just swallows your whole car. There are some that are really big.”
Knief says the busy parking lot is an accident waiting to happen.
“It's just awful,” she says. “The parking lot's crazy. There's no lines painted. People are driving everywhere. It's a crazy parking lot. And with the potholes, it doesn't help because you have cars zooming in and out. I'm surprised there hasn't been more accidents than what there has been.”
La Vista Public Works has put construction barrels in some of the potholes to warn drivers. But fixing the holes is not their responsibility. It's up to the owners, the Kroenke Group out of Missouri, to get repairs taken care of.
“We've complained to the landlord. And he's out of state. So i don't think he has any idea what shape this shopping center is in,” Knief said.
La Vista Public Works director Joe Soucie says he has been in contact with the owner, who tells him they have a contractor set up to do the work. But it's a busy time of year for parking lot repairs. And it could take a few weeks for the contractors to get started on the project.