Pothole problem has plagued disabled Richmond resident’s mobility for years

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Potholes are plaguing Richmond streets and causing a huge headache for a disabled resident.

Donald Fields said he’s complained to the city for more than four years about the problem outside his home. He lives along East Brookland Park Boulevard and uses a wheelchair to get around.

“For people like me in a wheelchair, it’s rough to come through that alley, whether it’s a car coming through there or I’m coming through there,” Fields said.

The alley he referred to is behind his home; it’s the only way for him to access the wheelchair ramp behind his home.

He’s complained to Richmond’s Public Works Department for the past four years.

“Believe it or not, these people don’t respect the handicap here in Richmond,” Fields said.

Fields, a double amputee, relies on a service van to pick him up for dialysis three times a week.

Pony Care Transportation, the service Fields utilizes, said other streets in the city are bad news for business.

Office manager and driver Tameka Mills said the potholes are bad news for business.

“It makes it very difficult getting in and out of the alleyways, the wintertime and summertime when it rains is the worst,” Mills said.

Mills said potholes have cost the company hundreds of dollars in car repairs.

8News reached out the Richmond Department of Public Works.

A spokesperson said it is inspecting areas throughout the city, including the alley behind Fields’ home. As of Friday morning, crews were laying gravel on the pothole-ridden alleyway.

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