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Winter Roads, Potholes And Lines

Even though we didn't see much melting Friday, we have already noticed some of those jarring moments while driving around town. It's enough to earn some stripes, if only we can see 'em. So how are things shaping up to past years when it comes to street conditions?

You can see the salt build-up on the road. The excess could cause problems because if it's enough to melt during the day and then refreeze between the cracks at night and expand, that's what can cause the potholes. Much of that will be dictated by the weather.

An Omaha street maintenance crew had been to 72nd and Blondo before. They put down a quick, temporary patch Thursday because one pothole was so bad. They came back Friday afternoon to drop down a better fix. By breaking out the jackhammer, crews can create a better surface for the cold patch to stick in this type of weather.

With the asphalt plant not open now, this is the best way to take care of a hole in the street when it's so cold. “It's pretty deep, it's a good one," said Cody Larson, who recently hit a pothole in a different part of town. “To be honest, that's the biggest one that I have seen. I haven't really run across many this year so I’d say it's not too bad."

Rebecca Valdez recently shared her thoughts with the mayor. "I live in north Omaha and I'm perfectly happy with the storm cleanup, garbage and I haven't run into any major potholes."

The head of street maintenance says the pothole problem is no worse than what we typically see this time of year. The cold patch should hold for a while. While it's stickier and a bit harder to maneuver in the winter compared to the summer, the goal is the same, to save the wear and tear on tires and on our backs.

Once the cold patch is ready, nothing fancy in terms of getting it to stay in place. In a city this size, there always seems to be another hole on the list.

We're getting calls from people who are already having a hard time seeing the lines along the road. We're told there's simply no quick fix to that. The re-striping will be scheduled once we're actually out of winter.


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