City crews overwhelmed while on pothole patrol

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OKLAHOMA CITY – If you have been driving on city streets lately, you have probably had to dodge a few potholes.
Ronella Richardson, a streets manager with Oklahoma City, said, “We’re going into the type of weather where you have rain, sleet, snow and below-freezing temperatures and that’s part of the problem right now.”
Repair crews use two different mixtures to fill the holes in the streets.
One of the mixtures is meant for below-freezing temperatures and bonds in water.
The second mixture is asphalt and is used in warmer temperatures.
The main ingredient that causes all the damage to the road is water, from either the rain or melted snow.
“The water gets up under the pavement and just breaks it all up,” said Richardson. “That’s part of the problem and it’ll be the problem until the weather clears up.”

The city is getting anywhere from 50 to 100 work orders per day.

Some months are slower than others, but during months like December, the calls are never-ending.

 “We never get caught up,” she said. “This is year round.”
Road crews ask that drivers stay at least 100 feet from their safety cones when workers are fixing the potholes.
If you would like to report a road that needs to be repaired, call the pothole hotline at (405) 631-1111.
Also, remember to include where the damage is located and what type of street it is.

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