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Pothole season

Warmer weather is the final ingredient for the perfect pothole recipe. And that recent spike in temperatures has put the city in a seemingly neverending battle with the crater-like road obstacles that are now popping up.
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A vehicle attempts to avoid a pothole on High Street Wednesday afternoon. (Chase Kruger, tbnewswatch.com)

Warmer weather is the final ingredient for the perfect pothole recipe.

And that recent spike in temperatures has put the city in a seemingly neverending battle with the crater-like road obstacles that are now popping up.

Milder temperatures means water on the roads, which seeps into cracks in the asphalt. When night falls and the temperature drops, the water turns to ice and expands. Expanding ice lifts the asphalt, leaving motorists with new bumps to deal with every morning.

Roads manager Brad Adams said crews have been out everyday filling in the scourges of spring. 

"It's a continuous process. As soon as we put the material in, traffic get to it or water gets into it and sometimes we have to go back," he said.

While the city doesn't have any numbers yet, Adams said this year is similar to last year in terms of the work being done to fill potholes.

Anyone looking to report a pothole can call 625-2195 or visit the city's website .

 



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