Shopping center, Westminster battle over pothole repairs

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. — A pothole nightmare has sparked a fight between the city of Westminster and a popular shopping center. Both sides say they aren’t responsible for the pothole repair work.

More than two dozen potholes were seen on one roundabout at the Shops At Walnut Creek near Highway 36 and West 104th Avenue.

The roundabout marks the main way to get in and out of the shopping area’s parking lots. For months, drivers had been working hard to avoid the roadway.

“Yeah, it’s horrible,” one driver said.

“[It’s in] pretty bad shape,” another driver said.

Some of the holes were so big, orange cones were used to warn drivers. Potholes cost American drivers roughly $3 billion every year, according to AAA.

“It ruins my car,” said Cynde Capra, who works in the shopping area. “I thought I was going to have to have a new alignment.”

A Westminster spokesman said the responsibility of repairs rests with business owners at the Shops At Walnut Creek. Stores neighboring the roundabout such as Target said the roadway is not on their property.

Discussions between the city and property owners are ongoing, according to the city.

In the meantime, the city’s streets division patched the holes Thursday.

“Now when I leave work I’m going to have a smooth ride,” Capra said.

City officials said the patchwork is just a temporary fix while they work with business owners to smooth out a more permanent solution.

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