Windshield repair in demand for some I-10 drivers in Tucson

Windshields suffering from I-10 gravel

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The winter is typically a slower season for Wisecrack Auto Glass, but lately owner George Bockman is scheduling almost twice as many customers as an average day.

"Yeah, it's been busy," he said. "Eight, nine, 10 jobs a day."

He’s not complaining about the increase in customers, but they’re complaining about the conditions on Interstate 10 eastbound between Ruthrauff and Miracle Mile. By 2 p.m. Wednesday, two of his completed jobs involved damage from that stretch, according to Bockman.

The recent drop in the forecast didn't help matters either.

"Some people get chips in their windshield and then, the freezes we've had, a little bit of moisture gets in there, and of course water expands and causes it to crack," said Bockman.

Crews from Arizona Department of Transportation will be smoothing the surface in that area of eastbound I-10 starting Saturday night at 7 p.m. The overnight work will pause at 5 a.m. every morning and pick back up at 7 p.m. for a week until the job is done, according to ADOT. Drivers should prepare for possible delays.

If you’re facing a delay in fixing a busted windshield, Bockman provided the following advice: cover small chips with clear tape in order to slow their growth. He said it’s not a permanent fix by any means, but it’s better than nothing.

Anyone who’s experienced problems on I-10 eastbound between Ruthrauff and Miracle Mile is encouraged to contact ADOT here.

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