COLORADO SPRINGS – There is a rapid switch to road repairs after several days of snowplows working to clear roads in Southern Colorado. “There absolutely are overnight potholes,” said Colorado Springs Public Works, Manager, Jack Ladley. The same crews driving the plows, quickly switch to pothole patrol after the storm.
A crack in the road, some water, and freezing cold are all that is needed for a pothole to happen. “That moisture gets into those cracks, under that pavement and with the freeze-thaw cycle we just see potholes literally pop on us,” said Ladley.
Public works managers depend on reports from the public to know where pothole repairs are needed. With the latest storm the public made a lot of reports. “We’ve probably seen about a 40 to 50% increase in pothole calls just in the last two days, after this most recent snow event.” In Colorado Springs there is a goal to get to a pothole within seven to ten days of it being reported.
In Colorado Springs potholes can be reported by calling 719-385-ROAD. Another option is with the smart phone app, GoCoSprings.