Potholes a problem, but not for long

The downside of winter pothole repair is that it's only a temporary fix. The filler isn't permanent so depending on the traffic flow, it could last for weeks or even days.

"Workers try to get all the water out of the potholes before they fill it but it gets splashed by cars or when it's raining potholes right in a traffic pattern we might have to go back every two or four days until we can do regular asphalt in the summer," said Kukuk.

"They are doing an outstanding job and helping to make sure our roads are safe and our cars are not damaged," said Van Pelt. "I am happy to see my tax dollars put to good use."

This winter was particularly tough on the roads, said Kukuk, and in his opinion, much worse than previous years.

"I figure it's probably because the frost went deeper and it was a much colder winter, so more frost was in the ground," said Kukuk. "Moisture under the road gets frozen and causes pavement to heave upward, causing uneven pavement that cracks. Once pavement cracks, water gets into it and causes potholes."

The recent fluctuation between cold and warm temps has also encouraged runoff as the snow melts and refreezes, so the thawing action of cold nights and warm days can make the pothole process worse, said Kukuk.

Starting in mid-April, permanent pothole repairs will begin.


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