Winter Weather Means Pothole Problems

The City of Lubbock says they've seen a 25% increase in potholes compared to this time last year.
by Victoria Price

LUBBOCK, TX -- Yo-Yo'ing weather
-- freezing one day, warm the next -- means actually the perfect recipe for potholes. The city's Streets Department says they're doing all that they can to get them patched up. However, they say they could use the public's help in knowing where to start.

This January saw a 25% increase in pothole volume, compared to January of 2013.

"I think theres several factors," according to Kevin Lair with the Streets Dept. "Of course, we've had much colder weather, for extended periods of time. And we've had that added moisture."

It's called the "freeze and thaw." Moisture gets into the pavement and freezes. Once the temperatures warm up, that moisture evaporates, the pavement expands, and it weakens the streets.

"Eventually, it starts breaking down and that's when you have a pothole," Lair says.

And those pesky potholes are more than just an eyesore. They can potentially cause hundreds of dollars in damage to vehicles

The city can be liable for that damage, if the hole isn't treated within 48 hours of being reported. But, they also can't do anything if they don't know about it in the first place.

"We have over 3,000 lane miles of streets," according to Lair. "We certainly can't drive those all everyday, but a lot of the citizens do, and we would certainly appreciate any calls so we can try to get those potholes fixed."

If you want to report a pothole problem, you've got two options. You can give the city at call at 311. You can also submit a service request on the City of Lubbock's website

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