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Hundreds of potholes make for a bumpy ride on Spokane streets

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SPOKANE, Wash.- Mayor David Condon is looking to take both proactive and reactive measures to manage hundreds of pot holes around Spokane. If you go to the KHQ Local News Facebook page, hundreds of viewers report bumpy commutes. The freeze and thaw weather cycle has taken it's toll on the roadways.

Potholes are formed when moisture seeps into cracks in the surface of a road and freezes, which causes the water to expand. Once that happens the asphalt begins to crack. The mild 2015 winter season has allowed road crews to shift their focus from snow clean up to road maintenance and by looking at the number of pot holes they've already filled this year, you can tell. Between January 1st and February 10th, 812 pot holes have been filled. Last year during the same time, only 440 pot holes were filled. In 2014, a total of 2,948 pot holes were filled.

The mild weather didn't lessen deicer and sand usage. According to Mayor Condon, Spokane has significantly increased the use of these road treatments. "Sand alone since October we've used over 1,252 tons. During the same period last year we used 409 tons. Deicer since October, we've used 634,745 gallons. Last year we used 491,597 gallons during that same period."

Mark Serbousek, the Director of the Spokane Street Department says they've been able to direct their attentions to finishing leaf pickups and repairing guardrails early, since they haven't had to focus on snow removal. Serbousek says asphalt season may also start earlier than normal this year.

Mayor Condon credits the people of Spokane for passing a 20-year street levy that will help repair and maintain roadways. "The citizens passed the levy which really will allow us a more robust response. Our citizens supported it overwhelmingly so as we go into the years ahead, to have a more proactive stance on the maintenance allows our crews to get ahead of the game."

If you want to report potholes, there's a couple ways you can do it. You can call Spokane's pothole line at 509-625-7733.

You can also report potholes online here: https://beta.spokanecity.org/news/releases/2013/02/22/report-potholes-on-line/

To learn more on how Spokane handles road repairs click here: https://beta.spokanecity.org/streets/maintenance/pavementrepair/

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