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Potholes Starting To Form

Potholes Starting To Form

We know when we've been through a rough patch of winter when sunshine and 25-degrees feel like t-shirt weather.

Still, after the storm comes now the sloppy mess for area drivers and after that an even bigger toll on our roads.

Some drivers are not looking forward to what lies ahead.

Those road hazards are already starting to form...potholes.

Drivers we talked with gave city crews high marks for clearing snow off our streets.

"I think pretty good...I don't have any complaints," Steve Walling said.

"Even after that heavy storm hit, the roads were pretty clear the next day so no complaints here," Alex Kinnert said.

"Oh yeah definitely, they earn their money for sure," Clesson Wright said.

But the work of clearing our streets is still underway. Crews are still cleaning up in some residential areas, but they are also starting to turn their attention to the annual pothole dilemma.

"They definitely were noticeable (last year) to say the least so hopefully this year is a little easier on us but in general you can't expect much there's not much we can do," Kinnert said.

This is the time when pothole start to form.

Water from melting snow seeps into small cracks or pock marks in the concrete.

At night, it freezes, then melts the next day.

This cycle of expansion and contraction repeats, turning a small hole into a tire buster.

In between plow runs, crews are doing some pothole repairs, mainly on major streets where there's a lot of heavy traffic.

But after last year, Walling hopes city leaders got the point.

"I think (Mayor Jim) Suttle's been served fair warning," he said. "Everybody was unhappy with the way things went."

And if potholes in Nebraska are considered an annual rite of spring, Wright says everyone knows what lies ahead.

"Take it as you take it you know," he said. "You live in Omaha you pretty much got to get used to it."

City crews hope to be out next week, that's if the weather cooperates.


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