Warm weather means early pothole season

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Return to normal wintery temperatures means further pothole development should be delayed

The recent spring-like weather this January meant the annual irritation of potholes appeared a bit early.

“When the weather was warm … we did notice the potholes were starting to show up,” said Jim Dinwoodie, a manager with the city’s public works department.

Dinwoodie said now that the temperatures are trending back down, more potholes shouldn’t show up until the mercury begins to rise again, usually around March.

“I’m told last year we had a similar warm-up happen in January,” Dinwoodie said.

Pothole development tends to depend on weather, worsening if there are repeated freeze/thaw cycles.

This January, public works has filled about 250 potholes, which is only a fraction of the potholes public works staff will likely end up repairing this year.

Dinwoodie said last year a total of 3,250 potholes were filled.

By mid-April 2013 the city had filled about 8,000.

“Last year was a slight downturn from what we usually do, but it was still quite a few potholes,” he said.

The public works staff responds to alerts from the public about potholes.

“If you find any please let us know,” Dinwoodie said.

The recent pothole fixes have been with cold mix, since hot asphalt mix isn’t available at this time of year.

Dinwoodie noted they’re hoping to have a new piece of equipment to improve pothole repairs this spring.

Potholes – and other problems – can be reported online or through the city’s Spruce It Up application for mobile devices.

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