Gladstone News

Pothole Pandemonium: North Oak Trafficway Becomes a Bumpy Ride

As the winter thaw begins and rain showers grace the streets of North Kansas City, a notorious stretch of road on North Oak Trafficway is undergoing a pothole epidemic. The once-smooth journey between Vivian Rd and just north of Barry Rd has turned into a bumpy ride for motorists, prompting a call for caution and vigilance.

The increase in potholes is being attributed to the combination of thawing temperatures and persistent rain, creating a perfect storm for road damage. Commuters navigating this section of North Oak Trafficway are reporting a rapid growth in the number and size of potholes, making the daily drive a challenging experience.

Local residents are expressing their concern about the deteriorating road conditions, emphasizing the need for prompt attention to avoid further damage to vehicles and potential safety hazards. With the rain exacerbating the situation, the potholes seem to be multiplying by the minute.

Authorities are urging drivers to exercise caution while traversing this troublesome strip of road. The unpredictable terrain poses a risk to both vehicles and their occupants. Drivers are advised to reduce their speed and remain vigilant, taking extra care to navigate around the pothole-ridden areas.

For those who come across potholes within the Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO) limits, city officials have established an avenue for reporting. Residents are encouraged to utilize the 311 service to report the locations of potholes, aiding in a more efficient response to road maintenance needs.

City officials are assuring residents that they are actively addressing the issue, deploying road maintenance crews to assess and repair the damaged sections. However, with the rapid development of potholes, residents are advised to report locations promptly to facilitate a swift response.

As spring approaches and weather conditions continue to fluctuate, residents and commuters are advised to stay informed about road conditions and to adjust their driving habits accordingly. The collaborative effort of residents and authorities will play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and smooth flow of traffic along North Oak Trafficway.