Causes of Potholes
Potholes are holes in the roadway that vary in size and shape. They are caused by the expansion and contraction of ground water after the water has entered into the ground under the pavement. When water freezes, it expands.
Then when ice melts, the pavement contracts and leaves gaps or voids in the surface under the pavement, where water can get in and be trapped. If the water freezes and thaws over and over, the pavement will weaken and continue cracking.
Using a temporary mix, The Street Department patches potholes on public roadways as quickly as possible once identified or reported until permanent repairs are made.
Report a Pothole
To report a pothole, please contact the Public Works Department at 620-245-2545.