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City Crews Working Hard To Fill Potholes

SPOKANE, Wash. - With many weather-related potholes popping out on Spokane's city streets, the City Street Department is working hard to fill them.

Snow, ice, and rain provide the ingredients to make potholes. Severe cold and sun creates varying temperatures—freeze/thaw cycle—creating cracks which allows water to seep in, expand, and "pop" out crumbling pavement.

During the winter, crews fill potholes with "cold mix" asphalt.  Cold mix doesn't require a heavy rolling machine and can be applied right from the container without heating. It is shoveled or poured into a pothole and tamped down with a hand tool.  In the spring, crews fill potholes with "hot mix" asphalt from local asphalt plants, which provides a more permanent solution.

The City's budget for street maintenance repairs, which includes grinding and paving, crack sealing, and thin overlays, is around $5 million. This work increases the safety and drivability of Spokane's streets and extends the life of the pavement.

Street maintenance activities are just one way the City works to preserve and enhance its street system. The citizens in November 2004 approved the 10-Year Street Bond, which will rehabilitate 110 miles of streets, including arterials and residential streets. Since the bond passed, the City has repaired nearly 70 miles of streets. The City also completes a number of capital street projects every year. Capital projects add traffic capacity or include major safety enhancements.

Citizens can report potholes that need repair by calling the City's Pothole Hotline at 625-7733. Please include as much information as possible about the location of the problem and its approximate size. The City will fill larger potholes on arterials within 48 hours of reporting.

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