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Potholes close major artery in NW Indiana

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Get used to seeing pothole repair crews on the roadside.

"We're drying up the potholes and then we're filling them and tapping them down because of all the rain yesterday… That wasn't too bad but we had some bad ones just like everywhere else, you know… It was pretty big," said "Victor" with the Chicago Skyway.

FOX 32 News spotted a crew on the way to Gary, Indiana where a section of Cline Avenue, State Road 912 is closed between I-80/94 and Columbus.

"I was on there twice the last two days and it was pretty bad. I was doing 20 mph trying to avoid potholes and you know, swerving in and out of the potholes hoping I don't hit another car," said Bob Dvorscak, a Whiting, Indiana resident.

Dvorscak navigated his way through the outbreak of potholes, prompted by the severe winter weather. Potholes that forced the Indiana Department of Transportation to announce the Cline Avenue closure Saturday.

"There were a couple of them that were about five feet long. The thing is that there are so many of them that's what makes it so dangerous that are deep, like a foot deep," said Dvorscak.

"Potholes as big as your body could fall in, huge. I've caught a couple of blowouts going through there," said Morgan Keepers in an interview with FOX 32's Tisha Lewis.

The Indiana Department of Transportation says crews have been working additional weekend hours to fill potholes on Cline Avenue.

Now, Morgan Keepers says the closure presents a new set of problems.

"People can't get through, it's jobs and stuff over there and you know it's hard to get over there," said Keepers.

From Northwest Indiana to Lake Shore Drive, potholes are popping up everywhere. Crews warn the freezing and thawing process is the recipe for potholes and the 40 degree change in just over 24 hours is a dangerous combination.

Drivers in Northwest Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions and traffic alerts through the district's social media channels: Facebook or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest. Or drivers can visit HERE for INDOT's TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.

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