First it was the snow, then freezing rain, now potholes demand the attention of Rockford street crews. Thanks to the weather, the repair process is slow going.
This past week has been tough on our roads. Crews are working overtime to keep up. Rockford Public Works Street Division Superintendent Mark Stockman says, it's been the perfect storm for potholes. "Wet streets, drastic temperature swings, salting, plowing, that's want creates a pothole. water gets down under the pavement , freezes, expands, and pushes the old patch material out."
But potholes aren't the only problem. Snow packed drainage grates leave water pooling in the streets.
But they will have to wait. Stockman says potholes are the priority at the moment. "They cause damage. standing water, if it's not a hazard, may cause some damage to he street over time, but what we want to mitigate is any damage that might be caused to someone's vehicle."
Even so, crews have to choose where to focus their energy. "A pothole on a high speed, four lane arterial street, we're going to give it more priority than a pothole on a residential street that may only see 100 cars each day."
Stockman says, expect to see up to five patching crews each day fixing the potholes, as long as the weather cooperates. "If it snows again, that's gonna have to jump to the forefront. because obviously we have to be worried about traffic safety at that point in time."
The number of potholes this year is already much more than last season's count. If you have a pothole in your area, you can call it in to the Public Works Street Division at 815- 987- 5763.
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