LUBBOCk, TX -- When roads freeze and then thaw, the Street Department says they expect to hear a lot about potholes popping up across the city.
So far, the Street Department said they only had one call about potholes in the city on their department dispatch line. Kevin Lair, supervisor in the Street Department, said the biggest problem for them is not knowing where the potholes are in the city. He said if they aren't given a heads up, they don't know where they are needed.
"The freeze/thaw cycle does cause, does seem to cause some trouble for our streets, and we also usually have some issues even after some of, some rain stoms that we had, since it is so dry around here, we do have some issues after those types of events," Lair said.
"We have 3,000 lanes of streets, over 3,000 lane miles of streets, and I think a lot of people think we drive those everyday, but the public is our ears and eyes, to be looking for those types of situations, we'd really like for them to call our street dispatch," Lair said.
If you need to report a pothole, call the street dispatch line at (806)-775-2657. They also said they can take care of problems like icy patches, as well as sprinklers that overflow into the street and cause icy areas.
Lair said starting Tuesday, those in the street department will start going around trying to take care of any problem spots they can find before the holiday. "We'll have basically everybody driving the streets, and trying to prepare for the long holiday weekend, because the city will be closed, Thursday, Friday, and and then of course Saturday, Sunday, so we won't be back until Monday, so it makes for a very long weekend," Lair said.
He also said they will need more people to call to let them know, and they actually want those calls to come in, if people are having a problem. "We're one of the departments that don't mind getting the calls and telling us what's wrong out there," Lair said. "Because, if we don't know, then we can't fix it"
The department worked all weekend to try to take care of the streets in the city, with two crews on 12 hour shifts each, working to keep the roads safe for anyone who had to drive on them during the icy conditions.