City Garage crews are on pothole patrol this winter to smooth out rough roads leftover from harsh weather conditions. The two three-man crews are working constantly to temporarily fill potholes until warmer weather allows for a permanent fix.
Since the beginning of the year, the crews have patched more than 1,700 potholes in all parts of the city in less than two months. There are nearly 560 miles of lanes on the city’s 247 miles of streets.
“Our hard-working, dedicated Street Department has made tremendous progress this winter patching potholes as quickly as they can,” Mayor Kristen Brown said. “We appreciate our residents who help keep our roads safe by reporting any potholes they see so that we can repair them as soon as possible.”
Potholes develop as ground water that has seeped into cracks in a street slowly freezes and thaws during the winter, eroding the street’s structural integrity. When vehicles pass over the weakened spots in the pavement, the asphalt sinks into the eroded areas and eventually breaks open into a hole.
Crews use a temporary mixture to patch potholes until the weather warms up enough to use materials that can permanently repair roads.
To report a pothole, contact the City Garage at 376-2508 between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or any time with uReport on the City of Columbus website, www.columbus.in.gov.