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Roadwork leaves a bump at S. Limestone and Maxwell - VIDEO

An SUV drove across the bump in the pavement on Maxwell at the South Limestone intersection Tuesday. The city's streetscape project manager said it will be fixed in "the near future."
An SUV drove across the bump in the pavement on Maxwell at the South Limestone intersection Tuesday. The city's streetscape project manager said it will be fixed in "the near future."

If you drive on Maxwell Street through the South Limestone intersection, be ready for a bump.

Those going through the stoplight will notice that South Limestone is significantly lower than Maxwell, so much so that cars have been bottoming out when going over the bump.

George Milligan, the city's streetscape project manager, explained the problem: The grading of South Limestone was changed during recent work on the road, and the bump is where that grading ended, he said.

All streets that intersect South Limestone from the Avenue of Champions to Vine Street were regraded during the project. Maxwell was the only one that didn't meet state design standards, so it's the only one that needs to be repaired, Milligan said.

The city has already looked into fixing the problem on Maxwell; Milligan said he hopes it will be done "in the near future," although no time line has been set.

In the meantime, drivers should be careful at the dip.

"If you go over it too fast, you will drag," Milligan said, and scuff marks on the road prove it.

Mamadou Savane, owner of Sav's Grill, which is on the southeast corner next to the dip, said he hasn't heard complaints about it, although he knows people notice it.

He said he can hear it every time a car hits the bump particularly hard.

"It's really making a lot of noise here, and kind of scares us sometimes," he said.

Wes Stevens, co-owner of the Tin Roof restaurant on the other side of South Limestone, said he hasn't had any problems driving over it but that he notices when a car bottoms out in that spot.

He said no customers have complained to him about the bump, but he does hear them talking about it.

"You'll hear people talk about it like, 'Oh, man,' you know, when somebody hits it," he said.

Stevens said he doesn't think the dip discourages people from coming to the area, though. He said that the South Limestone renovation turned out great and that the bump is just a minor leftover problem.

"It is what it is; you know, they got this thing done three to four weeks earlier than what their due date was," he said. "It's hard to complain when I saw these guys working out here every day."

Still, both Stevens and Savane said they think the dip needs to be dealt with soon.

"The city needs to watch out, because someone might sue them for that," Savane said.

Editor's note: Do you know of other Fayette County roads or intersections that need immediate attention? If so, add them to the comments below.

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