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Debris makes roadways hazardous for drivers


Debris in the roadway is an everyday sight here Middle Tennessee.  It can cause accidents, damage to vehicles and even injuries to drivers.

Many News 2 viewers asked who is responsible for getting debris from the roads and who pays for any damage it might cause.

It's not unusual to have to dodge all kinds of junk and debris, such as couches, mattresses and car bumpers among others on roadways.

The most popular form of road debris are tires that have exploded.  Someone has to remove it, and that someone is the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

"We've got 1600 miles of roadway to pick up. It is a big job paid for by your taxes. We spend more than a million dollars a year picking up trash and debris that is on the roads," said Steve Elliot with TDOT.

TDOT sends crews when debris cause traffic danger, like a car bumper left from an accident.

"I think in the last six months we have been hit twice picking up debris, patching pot holes," said TDOT officials.

If your car is damaged after hitting road debris you or your insurance company will have to foot the bill for repairs.

"We are not responsible for the damage done to a vehicle, we are only responsible for making sure we clean up what is out there," Deana Lambert, TDOT Communications.

Some of the hazardous debris got on roadways intentionally.

TDOT also uses help trucks and inmate labor to remove road trash and debris.

If you spot dangerous debris on the roads, you can report it to TDOT at 615-360-4300.

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