NORFOLK-- A deal has been reached between the Virginia Department of Transportation and TME Enterprises, Inc. to reimburse drivers who filed damage claims following the pothole fiasco on I-264 last February.

Rainstorms degraded the highway significantly causing damage to several vehicles. One by one, tires blew out on at least a dozen cars. Some motorists even reported minor body damage to their vehicles.

While VDOT doesn't usually pay pothole claims, it considered this extenuating circumstances and agreed to help with the pay-out.

According to the agreement, both parties agree to settle claims for damage incurred between 8 p.m. on February 7 and 1 a.m. on February 9 between mile marker 8.6 and 11.3.

The agreement requires TME review each claim and recommend payment. That recommendation has to be approved by VDOT, then TME pays the claim, not to exceed $4,000. VDOT will then reimburse TME for up to half of each claim, not to exceed $1,000.

So far, 22 claims have been approved by VDOT totaling $15,666. The highest claim submitted is $2,867. Money has not been paid out yet.

TME was hired by VDOT in 2008 to maintain highways in Hampton Roads, including pothole repair.

This is the last task for TME, whose contract was not renewed, in part because the pothole controversy.

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