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Vehicle Damage, Cars Spinning Out of Control: Loose Gravel on Hwy 190 Causing Major Problems

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(KCEN) – Large amounts of loose gravel between Lampasas and Copperas Cove on Highway 190 is causing extensive car damage and even spin outs with vehicles going into ditches.

Texas Department of Transportation says Northeastern Pavers put down a seal coat on Friday and Saturday, but on Sunday heavy rains caused much of the gravel to become loose.

“It was like driving on mud. Even going 50mph I was slipping and sliding,” Leisa Fletcher said. She drives from Lampasas to Copperas Cove every day for work, and says in three days she’s racked up more than $3,400 of damage on her SUV from paint chips and windshield nicks.

Others like Rebecca Chaney have already had to shell out money to replace busted tires after spinning out of control on Sunday. “I was terrified. My car hit a bunch of gravel, the front wheels caught and I just turned around in a complete 180 and then backed into a ditch,” Chaney said.

Chaney’s car had to be to towed, and two tires replaced. She also noticed several windshield chips and a bent tire rim.  “Forking over money out of pocket for two tires is unnecessary,” she said. “I’m saving up to go to college, and it’s frustrating to know that all that hard earned money is going to go to tires and chips in my windshield.”

Lampasas County says since Monday they’ve been flooded with calls with similar cases like Rebecca and Leisa’s. In just three days their office assistant, Hope Arevalo,  says she’s taken between 50 to 75 calls just on the loose gravel causing problems – and that doesn’t even include the emails or other messages.

“It was pretty intense for a while,” Hope said. “I know a few cars ended up in itches, some spun out of control, but the majority of complaints were windshield and paint chips.”

Hope says the large volume of calls was actually slowing down regular county business, even though they had nothing to do with the road issues. They then posted the following information on their website:

ATTN: Complaints about the road conditions on Hwy 190 between Kempner and Copperas Cove need to be directed to:
Northeastern Pavers Inc.
817-279-8273
Granbury, TX
Email:
kassidymata@northeasternpavers.com

So far the contracted company Northeaster Pavers has not returned our calls on if other factors besides rain caused problems with the gravel. TxDot says sweepers have been working since yesterday to clean up the gravel and should be finished by Tuesday night.

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