Friday, September 19, 2014


Some of the worst potholes I've found are on S.R. 19, where it transitions from Bristol Street to Nappanee Street in northwest Elkhart. (Tim Vandenack/The Elkhart Truth)
You want potholes? Try the Bristol Street-Nappanee Street curve.
Posted on March 6, 2014 at 3:54 p.m.

Thursday March 6, 2014

Worst potholes in Elkhart?

I'd have to say S.R. 19, right where it curves in northwest Elkhart, transitioning from Bristol Street to Nappanee Street. The westbound/southbound lanes are the worst. This is the area I'm talking about: 

You best go slow so you can maneuver around the worst holes. And be careful changing lanes — the narrow strip between lanes is one long skinny divot in sections.

  • Scroll down to see the video I took of the section.

S.R. 19 at the curve, maintained by the Indiana Department of Transportation, is no stranger to potholes. When I toured around the city looking for the worst chuckholes two years ago, the section stood out as the worst as well. Look here. Fortunately, S.R. 19 south of Beardsley Avenue has since gotten a face lift, so the roughest patch is limited to the section north of that.

Johnson Street north of Bristol Street in Elkhart had stood out earlier in the winter as bad in my travels. But the holes have since been filled.

With spring yet to, well, spring, I suspect we have yet to see the worst of it. Careful driving and keep your eyes on the road. 

Tim Vandenack is a reporter at the Elkhart Truth newspaper. Reach him at tvandenack@elkharttruth.com or 574-296-5884. Visit him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter at @timvandenack.