EDWARDSVILLE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Work is ramping up to fix potholes at a local shopping mall. It comes after shoppers reached out to the I-Team for help.

They claim their concerns and complaints fell on deaf ears with the owner of the property.

Who would think that people would get so excited about a filled pothole? People who shop here at the West Side Mall were cheering for the potholes being filled Friday.

It was a foot deep for the past 6 months or so but shoppers say there is much more work to be done. This is work that was long-awaited and quite frankly many people never thought would happen.

Workers patched potholes at the West Side Mall parking lot and access roads shoppers reached out to the i-team saying their vehicles sustained damage and even flat tires from some of these potholes.

A foreman for the work crew tells Eyewitness News the parking lot will be paved in about a week or two and this patching is just a precautionary measure driver we spoke with was happy to see the work but some were skeptical about ever seeing a smooth ride.

“Well, we come down to lowes a lot. It seems like you dodge not only potholes but the cars. This is a temporary fix. The first rainfall it’s probably going to be all gone,” said Geoff Williams.

“It’s good that they are doing it but there’s still a lot more work to be done and it seems when they fill them they recede,” Billy Daley said.

Some drivers say the potholes also pose safety risks.

“I think it’s about time. They’ve done a lot of damage to people’s cars. You know it creates a big hazard you have to drive around them and have to worry about oncoming traffic as well,” said Grayson.

Bob Gordan works at the west side mall he says he has seen many close calls over the last several months.

“I think it’s great. They’ve been like this for months. It’s tearing up people’s cars. It’s about time. It’s about time and if it wasn’t for you guys they would still be here.”

We reached out to the owner of the West Side Mall, Signature Acquisitions based in New Jersey for comment to ask them about the future plans but we did not hear back.