Drivers say Waco roadwork leads to increased nails in tires

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) – Highway 6 construction is causing headaches for drivers like Luke Davis

“She called me about 3 minutes later and said, ‘Hey, one of those tires is flat. “”

Davis is a businessman who rents out his 2015 Honda CRV to drivers through the Turo car app.

“I guess every time I give my car to someone, they assume it’s going to be safe,” Davis said. “Obviously it wasn’t because of all the construction going on.”

Between himself and his wife, Davis owns three cars. Since January, he has received 10 nails in different tires from all road works. He thinks most of them come from the construction of Highway 6 between IH-35 and Sanger Avenue.

“It definitely affected my ability to do my normal job because I have to take time out of my day to deal with these issues, he said.

At Texas Star Tire Shop, owner Chad Trail has noticed an increase in customers like Davis getting material in their tires.

“Over the past two months or so, we’ve seen a little over 30 percent increase in damaged tires,” Trail said.

In his office, he collects all the screws and all the nails from his team’s work.

“The pot is pretty much full now,” Trail said. “It was about a quarter full in February.”

This year alone, Davis has spent nearly $2,000 on tire repairs for a problem he can’t always fix on his own.

“If you’re driving 60 to 70 miles per hour on Highway 6 or any road really,” Davis said. “It’s almost impossible to see a small nail.”

A TXDOT spokesperson denied hearing complaints from drivers getting nails in their tires in the Waco area.

In a statement, TXDOT Public Information Officer Jake Smith told KWTX, “During construction, TXDOT and contractor personnel frequently drive and inspect the construction area to ensure that it is as safe as possible for motorists, including debris removal.”

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