Winter weather leads to potholes

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 12/10/2013 9:09 pm Published: 12/10/2013 4:59 pm

As the snow and ice melt, there are some lingering effects of the storm, namely potholes.

Since 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Nate Stewart has been on pothole patrol, covering the area from Admiral south to 41st and Yale and west to Riverside.

"We haven't been seeing many potholes at all. This storm right here didn't create many potholes. Usually we have a lot of them after a storm. This wasn't bad at all," said Stewart.

Only about 30 were found, and only two of those were from citizens calling them in; the rest crews just found.

"And that's surprising. Yeah, there haven't been a lot of calls at all," he said.

That's unusual after a winter storm.

"If you have gaps in the concrete or the asphalt, and your moisture gets in there and freezes, it will pop out a section of it," he said.

Plus, the plows tend to cause a bit of damage to the roads.

But streets maintenance manager Tim McCorkell said the city's recent investment in street improvements are paying off.

"With the third-penny sales tax and a lot of the new construction that's gone on, they've done full-depth construction instead of just temporary repairs, so that's helped us quite a bit," said McCorkell.

Stewart said it's made his job much easier, because most of the repairs he and his team did were on potholes that they've already done temporary repairs to.

"There weren't any new ones. It was just the holes that we have already filled that we had to go back and redo. So, it wasn't bad at all," said Stewart.

Tuesday, crews were just doing temporary repairs so the potholes don't damage cars.

When the weather is better, they will go back and do more permanent fixes.

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