HANOVER TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — People, who drive on the South Cross Valley Expressway near Wilkes-Barre are asking the question, ‘What’s on the road?’

Some drivers say it’s causing damage to their vehicles and they reached out to the I-team to look into the situation.

It’s called the ‘oil and chip’ process. It is used quite a bit to help seal roadways. But many people tell say something just doesn’t seem right with the work done on the South Cross Valley Expressway.

Matt Sobieski shows us dents on his S.U.V., which he says were caused by road work on the South Cross Valley Expressway.

“It’s a safety concern big time with something like that,” said Matt Sobieski of Hanover Township.

Sobieski is a truck driver and lives near the highway, so he drives on it just about every day.

“It’s just a waste of money. Honestly, If they were trying to save money it shouldn’t have been done that way, did what they had before, put pavement down,” Sobieski added.

A PennDOT spokesperson says the public was alerted to the project last week and signs are posted on every on-ramp leading to the South Cross Valley Expressway, which is also Route 29. Thousands of vehicles use this highway each and every day.

PennDOT issued a statement to the I-team explaining that the process known as “oil and chip” seals the road, keeps water out, and restores friction.

“We’ve communicated with PennDOT with some of the concerns that residents have,” said Senator John Yudichak-(i) 14th District.

State Senator John Yudichak says his office has received complaints and questions about the work.

“Clearly when you are doing maintenance projects there’s always an opportunity for things to happen. Whether it’s tar, whether it’s stones things of that nature. We’re going to work with those residents to make sure if there’s any way possible that they be compensated for any inconvenience,” said Senator Yudichak.

It takes several days for the “oil and chip’ process to seal, to basically dry.