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Drivers frustrated with road project mess

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - A simple road project combined with some rain left hundreds of people in Pike County with a sticky residue on their cars and they say it is not easy to get off.

Tuesday dozens of cars lined up for a free car wash from the contractors, but many say they are frustrated with the whole situation.

One by one they filed in hoping the sticky residue would come off without a scratch.

"I tried to get it off with a power washer, and I took it through a couple car washes and nothing would come off of it," said Turner Altman.

It is asphalt residue stuck on cars after a rain storm caused new paving on U.S. 23 to splash up on passing cars Monday morning.

"The road was really wet from the rain and there was stuff flying up, and you think it's mud or dirt but when we got to the restaurant we started looking and it wouldn't come off," said Ethan Rowe.

Highway Department officials say hundreds of people drove through the area, and the sticky mess left many of them disgruntled.

"We have a plan. It's been a little slow in developing again because we've never had anything like this happen before, and we didn't have any idea of the magnitude of it," said Sara George, KYTC District 12.

Drivers first sat in one line to get their cars pre-washed and scrubbed. Then they moved forward to another line to go through an actual car wash.

Some drivers say they sat in line for nearly two hours waiting.

"We are going to make it right. The contractor is going to make it right. They've assured us that they will make it right," said George.

They plan to open more car washes Wednesday including another behind the Landmark Inn.

The washes are free of charge to anyone with the residue on their cars.

Officials say the residue will not damage cars.

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