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Drivers getting flat tires at construction site in Hartford

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A stretch of road in Hartford is causing quite the headache for dozens of drivers.

Drivers told Eyewitness News they're getting flat tires on Asylum Avenue where crews are tearing up the street.

"All the sewers are raised up so nobody seeing it," said Jose Guzman of Guzman Road Service. "So they hit the corner of their tires and rips the side wall apart." 

Guzman told Eyewitness News he has been changing his fair share of flat tires lately.

"I usually do four or five in an 18-hour shift, but now I'm doing four to five in a matter of hours," Guzman said.

City officials said they are aware of the problem and crews repainted bright orange around the sewers to make them more visible to drivers.

An inspector was sent out to assess the area.

Paving on Asylum Avenue between Cogswell to Atwood  streets will start Sunday night and Monday morning.

This year, crews are milling and paving 110 miles of roads as part of the city's capital improvement project. The road work should finish up by the fall.

Guzman offered some advice for drivers.

"Watch out for the sewers. They got paint around them and if you can't avoid them, slow down and let the other cars pass and then go around," Guzman said. "There's not much you can do."

Some drivers told Eyewitness News it's costing them about $300 to $350 to repair that flat tire because not only do they have to replace the tire, but then their car needs realignment.

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