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Road damage costs Dundalk man hundreds in repairs

Posted at 3:58 PM, Nov 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-01 17:41:53-04

Merritt Boulevard is busy.

In fact, it’s one of the busiest thoroughfares in Dundalk and a side street right off the popular passage is perhaps a notch less active.

“…driving over this, this pothole here. It’s easily four inches, six inches deep. My car made contact with the concrete and broke a hole in my oil pan and since then I’ve tried to get ahold of every business in the area,” Steven Jacobs said.

He uses the cut through all the time. It’s his shortcut to the nearby Giant. On Monday, however, his grocery trip was cut short because of a pothole.

A trail of oil leaking from his red Volkswagen Jetta is the only proof left behind.

“Really I just want to get the money back that it’s going to cost me to fix my car. It’s an inconvenience, for sure, because I have a daughter and I have to take her to and from school. Luckily, I have help with that,” Jacobs said.

But money back from who is the question.

Four businesses surround the shortcut, none have taken responsibility at this point for the damage and neither is Baltimore County.

Putting Steven in a hole, by a hole, that he wants filled.

“…pay a little more care to the road because clearly since we’ve been standing here, someone else almost did something to their car. It’s only a matter of time before someone else comes along and they can end up with a far more costly bill than I have,” Jacobs said.