Weather causing pothole problems


by Michael Schlesigner

MILWAUKEE --- You can thank our crazy weather swings on local roads becoming a little more hazardous this winter.

 Potholes have begun to form around the city and it'll only get worse before it gets better.

Donald Jackson suffered the unlucky consequences of the rough roads. He hit a pothole and it punctured his tire. He's a courier and relies on his vehicle to make a living. Luckily, a can of air proved to be the temporary fix he needed. But he says he has to replace the tire eventually.

Most potholes happen due to stress and strain on the pavement known as road fatigue.  Frigid temperatures also add to this as water expands when it becomes ice. These openings can grow to feet in width, though they usually become just a few inches deep. If one fills us with water, the growth may be sped up as the water washes away loose particles of the road surface.

The city of Milwaukee says it repairs potholes with a patching mix all year round, but it undergoes its larger blitz when the temperatures get milder. In the meantime, slower speeds and a good eye will help you go a long way.

If potholes are a problem in your neighborhood, the city of Milwaukee has a hotline you can call. The number is is 414-286-CITY or 414-286-2489.

We also want to know if you've seen any large potholes in your area. Let us know and send a picture too.


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