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Posted on: March 13, 2019

Long, Cold Winter Results in Potholes!

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Waukee drivers surely noticed that post-thaw potholes are bad this year. The unusual amount of moisture in February allowed moisture to seep into cracks, and the freeze-thaw cycle broke pavement in all parts of the City. When traffic passes over the damaged pavement, the paving comes up and creates those "potholes" we all know and loathe. 

"This year is much worse than in previous winters," said Assistant Public Works Director of Operations Tim Royer. "To put it in perspective, the Streets department went through the entire City twice this winter filling potholes and used about eight tons of patching material. Staff members have used eight tons of patching material just this week, and they're not done."

The Waukee Public Works Department has two pothole patching units deployed; they target the largest potholes on main roads first. They work their way around from arterial streets to collectors and then to the neighborhoods. The process is similar to snow removal as crews hit the most traveled roads first. It will take several trips through the City to fill all potholes, especially with wet weather continuing.

"The rain definitely hinders progress," Royer said. "For the patching material to last, we have to get water out of the potholes first. It's difficult, but usually possible."

Royer said freezing night temps are still creating new breaks and that continued rain will often wash patching away, but that crews are working hard when they can. He hopes drivers will take it slow on the roads and be patient while the Public Works Department works on repairs and hopes for warm, dry weather!

To report a pothole, please visit the Report a Concern module. A website account is required in order to use the module.

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