Potholes aren’t a priority. That’s what the city says after they received a number of complaints about road issues since the weather’s warmed up. They say that city crews are out in full force, but that people should drive slowly to avoid potholes, ruts, and puddles. They also caution that some driveways may be blocked because of the snow plow banks being created. Meanwhile… The city continues to focus on getting the over 100 frozen water lines in the city repaired.
Official statement from the city as follows:
“Road Conditions Alert:
After months of very cold temperatures, the warm weather is causing many road issues. The side streets and some sections of rural roads have significant slush and ice packed ruts. Arterials and collectors are mostly clear of ruts, but are now developing pot holes. Many catch basins are still frozen so water is not always draining away. Large puddles in many sections of roads and sidewalks exist. Our Public Works Roads department is out in full force but it will take some time to address the issues. We ask for your patience.
Some ice packed roads in the city are far worse than others. Removing the ice pack ruts from the roads is a priority but unfortunately the snow plow windrows (banks) being created may block driveways. We are trying to minimize the windrows across driveways, but in some cases it cannot be avoided.
At this point in time, pot holes will be addressed within the minimum maintenance standard but they are not a priority. We ask motorists to please drive slowly knowing that many new potholes are created during the warm wet weather. For further information or to report a road condition please contact Public Works dispatch at 705-474-4340.”