MADISON (WKOW)-- Pothole season is underway and the Madison Streets Department is finally getting a chance to focus on filling them after several weeks of non-stop plowing. Officials say crews have been working hard this winter with so many snow events. They say this weekend was the first time crews have had off of work since Thanksgiving.
"In the last week or so we've filled about 2,000 potholes," Madison Streets Department spokesman George Dreckmann says.
Streets workers say the season for potholes will definitely be longer than normal this year. The deep freeze will take a few more weeks to fully thaw out. That's when officials expect even more potholes to start popping up.
"You know you talk about the tip of the ice berg, well, this is kind of the top of the pit. They will pop up and they will start to get worse, there's no question about it," Dreckmann says.
The department is currently using three patching trucks to fill all the cracks and potholes on Madison streets. The trucks double as snow plows, so if mother nature decides to send another snow event our way, all workers have to do is throw on a plow blade and they're ready to hit the streets.
Streets workers say pothole season will continue for at least a few more weeks. Crews are still waiting for asphalt plants to open up for the season so they can start laying down permanent patches.
"What we put down right now at this time of the year is only a temporary patch and it's not unusual for us to have to fill the same pothole three or four times," Dreckmann says.
Crews will also have to spend more time sweeping streets this year. Sand usage was higher than normal during the freezing cold temps this winter and sweeping it up prevents the sand from getting into nearby rivers and streams.
"You go from plowing snow, to filling potholes and then we're out sweeping up all the sand that we spent all winter putting down. There is this constant cycle," Dreckmann chuckles.
Anyone who comes across a pothole in the city of Madison is asked to contact the Pothole Patrol. Crews will fix your problem as soon as they can.
To reach them by phone call: East Side: (608) 246-4532
West Side: (608) 266-4681
TEXT NET: (866) 704-2315
-You can also fill out an online submission form on their website at https://www.cityofmadison.com/reportaproblem/pothole.cfm
-To report a problem outside the city of Madison contact your local public works or streets department.
MADISON (WKOW)-- The Madison Streets Department is finally getting a chance to focus their efforts on potholes after several weeks of non-stop plowing. Officials say crews have been working hard this winter with so many snow events. They say this weekend was the first time crews have had off of work since Thanksgiving.
The break from snow and ice is allowing crews to get caught up on a few problem potholes that have popped up on Madison city streets. Officials say three patching crews have filled close to 2,000 potholes this week. They'll continue to lay temporary patching until the asphalt plants open for the season. The Madison Streets department says that will most likely happen sometime in April depending on the weather.
So it's likely that drivers will have to put up with temporary patching for at least a few more weeks. Some drivers argue the tiny pebbles in the patching causes damage to vehicles. Officials say the patching is nowhere near as effective as the more permanent asphalt patching, but it's certainly a safer alternative than driving over open potholes with no patching at all.
Anyone who comes across a pothole in the city of Madison should report it to the Madison Streets Department. Click here for more information.
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