Well, he’s right.
Bart Treece, spokesman for the Washington Department of Transportation said the agency hears complaints about the giant puddle fairly often — and employees have to explain why it gets clogged and how they’re trying to deal with it.
“It’s a chronic problem and clearly frustrating for a lot of folks,” he said.
But this year when people call about it, they’ll probably get a bit of welcome news. WSDOT plans on correcting the problem this summer.
When it rains, water on this stretch of Highway 503 drains directly into the ground rather than flowing into a sewer system. That system works well enough until debris, usually chunks of wood, clog the drains and the flood the roadway.
WSDOT will put out a sign warning people of the water on the roadway, but the floodwaters just sit there until maintenance crews can bring out a vacuum truck to suck out the blockages.
Treece said Highway 503 has been on WSDOT’s statewide list of roadways with drainage issues for some time, but because they all compete for funding, the more dangerous sites were taken care of first.
“So while it may be one of those things people dread as they’re driving … we have other drainage projects that are worse and they may be more than a nuisance,” he said. “We try to tackle the worst first, and this time this project’s number is up.”