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Severe Winter Causes More, Longer-Lasting Pot Holes

Updated: Tuesday, February 11 2014, 10:45 AM CST

The fluctuating temperatures this winter, means Springfield drivers could see a lot more potholes, and for a while longer.

Potholes form when moisture accumulates on the pavement, and flows into cracks in the pavement. When it freezes up it literally has enough power to blow the asphalt or concrete up out of the pavement and that's how you get a pot hole.

"We'll put more crews on during the winter because it is pothole season," Mike Dirksen, Public Works Garage Operations Coordinator said. "We'll have probably five or six crews going during the winter, and during the summer and the spring, we'll probably have three to four crews going."

Still, there will likely be plenty left to patch in the spring, not just because of the numerous new holes, but because all the snow Springfield has seen means Public Works has to put everything else on hold.

The winter weather is also slowing another type of road work. The cold has caused several water mains and service lines to burst, which requires crews to tear up the road to fix them. The cold weather keeping Public Works crews from patching potholes, also keeps CWLP contractors from finishing their work, too, mainly due to the asphalt.

Severe Winter Causes More, Longer-Lasting Pot Holes


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