Potholes more prevalent with changing temps

The slight warm up comes with a drawback - potholes. With the steep temperatures from sub zero to reaching the 50s this week you can expect to see them, but the good news is crews are already on it.

Posted: Feb 5, 2019 8:17 PM
Updated: Feb 6, 2019 8:42 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The polar vortex is gone, but plenty of potholes were left behind.

"The streets are in absolute terrible shape right around our courthouse," Dave Brock said.

The temperature swings we've been having makes the perfect condition for potholes with INDOT focusing on the state and federal roadways, and the city focusing on neighborhoods and city streets. Where ever you live, they're kind of hard to avoid right now.

"The last few days of really nice weather we've been addressing potholes filling them based on customer concerns. Certainly we drive these roads as well, so we see one we'll get out we'll patch that and move on," Nichole Thomas with INDOT said.

The state and city said they are getting right to it to patch up areas who have similar conditions like around the courthouse especially with the warmer temps we've been having.

The city has added extra crews to work around the clock.

"We've seen probably about over 60 calls just in the last two days, so that is an increase in what we would normally see. Every winter we see an increase in calls but usually not until late February and early March after winter is over," Frank Suarez, Public Information Officer for Public Works, said.

For now they are using cold mix to patch up the roads until it's time to use the hot mix which is a permanent solution in the spring.

"We are expecting some colder weather to move in tonight and possibility for freezing rain tomorrow even, so we'll be shifting our focus back and forth. When have the cold snowy weather, we'll be in the plow trucks clearing and treating the road. When we have nice weather like this, we'll be addressing those potholes," Thomas said.

If you're in the city and notice a pothole, you're encouraged to call 3-1-1.
If you're not sure if the city is the right one to call for slick roads and potholes, Thomas said INDOT will point you in the right direction when you call 1-855-INDOT4U (463-6848).

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