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Extreme Winter May Cause Big Pothole Problems This Spring

Mar 26, 2019, 7:02 AM

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – An extreme winter here in Utah could mean a lot of pothole problems for drivers this spring.

UDOT maintenance crews haven’t even put away the snow plows yet, but they’re already out patching potholes.

They blame the high number of storms and precipitation we’ve had this winter season.

“There’s a good likelihood that we’re going to see a number of potholes this spring,” said John Gleason, UDOT spokesperson. “It’s the freeze thaw cycle where temperatures will cool down and warm up again, sometimes within a period of days.”

Crews are laying down a temporary fix for now because of cold temperatures, but in the summer they’ll be back with a more permanent solution.

They say they realize potholes are a hazard that they can’t wait on.

“If you don’t address them right away you can have safety concerns with people hitting them, causing damage to their cars, people swerving out of the way which can be a safety concern in and of itself and at the very worst can cause crashes,” said Gleason.

UDOT says maintenance crews look for problems in their areas, but they also want drivers to be their eyes on the road and report potholes back to them.

Drivers can do that on UDOT’s Click and Fix app. UDOT says once they get a report of a pothole, they’ll inspect it within 24 hours and try to repair it as soon as they can. Right now there is no time frame as to when power will be fully restored, but could take several more weeks.

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Extreme Winter May Cause Big Pothole Problems This Spring