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Bumpy ride on Camp Hill Bypass concerns drivers

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Each day more than 16,000 vehicles will make their way from Harrisburg to the West Shore via the Camp Hill Bypass.

And sometimes, who is in those vehicles makes a difference.

"We have a lot of our executives who drive this road on a daily basis, a lot of the governor's executives who drive this road on a daily basis," PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny said.

In other words, PennDOT is routinely drilled about the progress of the project.

Since mid-April, crews have worked overnight on the Wormleysburg section of the bypass.

"When they removed the blacktop, they found more repair work that needed to be done, so it's one reason it's been out as long as it has," Penny said.

Beverly Hughes is not a state executive, but does drive the road at 5 a.m. each morning.

"I heard a pop on my tire," she said, "Sure enough, it was flat."

Hughes said several of her co-workers have also suffered flats after driving over the same spot on the Camp Hill Bypass. The bill to patch her tire was just under $30.

"Is it going to happen again? Could it be another expense?" Hughes asked.

If a flaw in the pavement can be attributed to the puncture, PennDOT says drivers have options.

"It should be brought to our attention. We will examine it and if that's the case I think they would be entitled to some type of reimbursement for the damages," Penny said, adding that most often it is the contractor who is held responsible.

Without breaking $30, Hughes says she is more focused on making sure others keep their eyes on this road.

"If I would have had to pull over because of a flat tire at 5 a.m. in the morning, you just don't want to be out there by yourself," she said.

The project is scheduled to finish before the fall, but PennDOT warns drivers not to expect any of that thick pavement spread out anytime soon.

The budget would only allow for a coating of Novachip, which is a thin solution that creates a waterproof seal. That will help preserve the concrete, but Penny said it will not likely make it very smooth.

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