Infrastructure Problem Causes Headache for Drivers on I-290

January 23, 2014 Updated Jan 23, 2014 at 3:26 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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January 23, 2014 Updated Jan 23, 2014 at 3:26 PM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) Anywhere from 8-12 cars were pulled over onto the shoulder of the 290 Westbound during the Thursday morning commute with flat tires. Original reports were of a pothole, but as it turns out, the issue can be blamed on a bridge joint, the metal between pavement and bridge concrete, as well as mother nature.

We are told the problem on one of the Westbound lanes of the Youngmann Thursday morning was weather related. A spokesperson from the Department of Transportation says a bridge joint on the Delaware Avenue overpass gave way causing a large piece of concrete to become exposed in the road.

The problem has since been fixed, and all lanes on the 290 are open.

"This was an unforseen circumstance, obviously, because bridge joints are one of the most maintained parts of the bridge. We have a regular program and patrol that goes out and looks at bridge joints. So we're believing this was weather related, causing the concrete to heave," Susan Surdej of the State DOT said.

The severe temperature change this winter is also making this a bad pot hole season, with a number of area roads and expressway creating a bumpy and treacherous drive. State Transportation officials say they plan on going through twice as much pothole patching material as last year.

Authorities say if you see a pothole on a highway, call 1-800-POT-HOLE, and a crew will repair it within 3 days.