Weather Warm-up Causing Major Pothole Problems

Created: 03/13/2014 6:21 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- Warm weather is finally melting off some of that snow we got a couple weeks ago, but that presents another problem we tend to see this time of year, potholes.

After a complete white out of snow, those at Virgil's Auto Clinic won’t be getting much of a break. "The roads were covered with ice and now that the ice is gone, now the potholes are coming out," said Bruce Nelson at Virgil's.

Just as it starts getting warmer, the calls continue to come in. "We're seeing a lot of coil springs breaking, front struts going out, there are tie-rod ends that are getting loosened up, and the alignment of cars are getting knocked out," said Nelson.

This spring might be one of the worst for potholes. "We've had so much frost and the ground is so cold it could be a bad year for them," said Olmsted County Highway Supervisor Dave Scanlan.

"We'll see more and more of it," said Nelson.

However, it may be some time before potholes get patched up. "We try to get to all of them as soon as we can but weather dictates it," said Scanlan.

If it's too wet, their material won’t stick, so in the meantime all drivers can do is drive with caution until crews can get out there. "People don't realize they're there half the time so they just hit them too hard," said Nelson.

Many times crews rely on you to tell them where the problem areas are, so if you notice big potholes, be sure to call your local public works department.