Potholes Causing Headaches For Drivers

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

Drivers are busy trying to avoid potholes popping up in the metro, while city crews are out in full force trying to cover them up.

But for some drivers, the damage has already been done.

“The potholes have given me two flat tires, not only on this car, but also my mom's car”, says Eliza Barr. The Western Iowa Community College student commutes daily from Omaha.

“Most of the time by the time they get done fixing them, there's another pothole somewhere else and then there just as big as the first ones.”

Scott McIntyre, Omaha's street maintenance engineer says the potholes come in large part because of snow and rain that gets into the pavement and freezes. Eventually the pressure causes the pavement to break open.

Officials in both Omaha and Council Bluffs say they had several crews out Tuesday tackling the problem. Council Bluffs crews used half a ton of coal mix on Monday alone to fix the potholes.

Tony Scism says potholes blew out one of his tires in the past, but he hasn't had to avoid too many, at least not yet.

“I haven't seen that many potholes so far this year, usually the worst time is in the spring."

McIntyre says the city could eventually have up to 25 crews out by the end of winter.

You can report any potholes in Omaha by calling city works at 402-444-4919.

If you have any to report in council bluffs call 712-328-4641.

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