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Pothole Problem Rises Again

January 12, 2014, 9:45 PM by Jared Ransom

Pothole Problem Rises Again

It always seems to be a rough road ahead during the winter season. Once the snow starts to melt, damage is revealed in the form of potholes.

"As cold as it's been, and then we're getting this warm trend now that's coming up, and then we get cold weather again, that freeze-thaw cycle just is really hard on asphalt and even concrete surfaces," Street and Fleet manager Galynn Huber said.

This is the time of year that you'll notice more potholes and it's partially a self-inflicted wound thanks to the road treatment that takes place to make things less slick.

"Because we put so much chemical out onto the street, we are creating water below freezing temperatures out there. So, if there's any flaw in the street, what happens is that water gets down below the surface of the asphalt, and when it gets cold enough it freezes, expands and blows out the asphalt," Huber said.

City street crews are put to work quickly once a pothole is reported, and their work in the cold months seems to never end.

"They go out; they'll pick up all the work orders that were created the night before or in the morning. They'll pick those up, they'll sort them out, they'll take them out and work on them, and then they'll come back at noon and pick up additional ones," Huber said.

Even though crews are receiving a lot of calls for repair across the city, work in the summer months can help decrease the wear and tear on roads.

"Over the last three years, we have dramatically decreased the number of pothole calls that we've been going on, just because we've been spending a lot of effort on preventative maintenance and sealing it," Huber said.

The process may lessen the blow, but there is nothing that will totally prevent the cold months from being a bumpier ride.

If you see a pothole that could be a driving hazard, be sure to call Sioux Falls Street Maintenance and they will be out to fix it as soon as they can.

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