Filling potholes on a constant basis
Fri, 15 Feb 2013 22:45:05 GMT —
It's that time of year where temperatures warm up during the day and drop below freezing at night.
That means plenty of potholes and headaches for both drivers and the road crews who fill them.
"It's a year round process, so as long as the weather is decent, we'll continue to fill potholes no matter when it is," Marty Stegeman who is the director of Central Services for the City of Quincy said.
Potholes can be a drivers worst nightmare. It can also be a nightmare for the city crews who fill them.
The City of Quincy has been filling potholes year round.
"It's a weather related issue to a degree, you have the freezing and the thawing and of course that creates the issue of loosening the pavement and the concrete. So it's a constant process," Stegeman said.
It's also a constant process at the auto repair shops too. Jake Williams has been working on cars for over a decade.
He says hitting a pot hole at 30 miles an hour can definitely do some damage.
"It you hit a pothole they're not all bad, potholes aren't. But there's some out there if you hit a pothole just right you will be pulling over to put on that spare. Another thing that will wear out over time is the ball joint. You just keep hitting the same pothole day after day, you're going to wear them ball joints out quick," Williams said.
And you can plan on spending a few hundred dollars on repairs if you ruin a tire or tear up your front suspension.
Stegeman says most of the work-orders to fill the potholes are complaint driven.
If you see or hit a pothole call central services and report it and it should be filled within a couple of days.