Filthy porta potties at rest stops

Posted on: 6:46 pm, August 7, 2012, by , updated on: 11:11pm, August 7, 2012


PAULS VALLEY, Okla. — Drivers are sounding off about the porta potties along I-35 south in Garvin County.

Users said they are filthy and the extreme heat intensifies the smell of human waste.

There is nowhere to wash your hands and tissue is missing from some of the stalls.

The stench coupled with 100-degree heat is enough to knock you off your feet.

One woman even burned her leg on the hot plastic.

The portals have been in front of the public rest stop for about a year.

Drivers don’t know the real restroom is closed until they are already off the freeway.

Official with the Department of Transportation said there have been hiccups along the way including private land issues they have had to work out.

ODOT Spokesman Cole Hackett said, “The line is in place and we’re working with the Department of Environmental Quality and Rural Water District to get all the testing done to make sure everything is up to code before we hook up the new system.”

Officials are hoping to have the waterline fixed in a month.

It is important to note they said this is embarrassing for the department and they apologized to those inconvenienced.

They will also have the contractor clean the porta potties more often.