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Changing weather causes pot holes

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Updated: 2/22/2013 9:05 am Published: 2/21/2013 11:15 pm

With all the ice and snow we've seen over the last two days the City of Tulsa is keeping an eye out for potholes.

Tulsa Street Maintenance Manage Tim McCorkell told FOX23 when the ice thaws out water can fill up cracks and holes in the street separating the concrete.

"Our goal is to get it looked at in 24 hours," McCorkell told FOX23.

The department has a budget of $234,000. It’s used for supplies to fill potholes and the actual work. The hot asphalt can cost $46 a ton. The cold patch, which is primarily used for emergency work or other immediate fills, cost $100. A pothole can cost anywhere from $9 to $36 to fill.

"We can't run every street out there looking for potholes, so we rely on the people, so if you see one calls it in," said McCorkell.

He says giving as many details as you can, will be them fill up the holes.

"I would advise them to get the actual address. We get a lot of stuff that's an approximate area, if we can have the actual address, the curb lane, direction of travel they were in," he added.

The city bought a new Injection Patcher to fill potholes. It will use only one person instead of the three to five usually needed to fill potholes. It cost the city $214,000. But it’s worth it for people like Christian Eades whose car was damaged by a pothole.

"Sometimes you can't see them with the weather and stuff. And you can just hit one and it throw you just through a loop when you’re driving," said Eades.

"It’s actually a life saver for us because we're shorthanded," said McCorkell.

Crews will be out Friday checking for potholes and filling any they find along the route the bassmaster competitors will be using in town.

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bobby j howell - 2/22/2013 7:53 AM
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POTHOLES;Where some people keep their POTS or use your own judgment on this word.

Mayor Maynot - 2/21/2013 11:43 PM
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Lots of baloney and beer makes a pot belly. Together with potholes you have two unstoppable forces v
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