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Extreme Winter Weather to Potholes

The recent freeze and warmup in temperatures has caused the roads to breakup and form potholes.
"There are going to be some and some are going to be very deep so it's important for people to be alert." - Frank Suarez, Spokesman, City of Fort Wayne

Now that snow and slush have been cleared from the roads, a new burden of potholes is greeting drivers at every destination.

"When you have a quick freeze and thaw like we had with the most recent storm, you often have this breakup when the moisture gets into the concrete, in this case the asphalt, has caused some potholes," said Frank Suarez, the spokesperson for the City of Fort Wayne.

Now that the focus has shifted from snow removal to potholes, dozens of crews are working around the clock to patch up the problem areas.

"There are going to be some and some are going to be very deep so it's important for people to be alert," said Suarez.

Being alert is important. The deeper the hole, the greater the danger to your vehicle.

"It can knock anything out, frame out, steering out, tires, alignment anything I mean it'll tear the cars up," said Bud Mills, the owner of the auto shop, Broadway repair for more than 40 years. "Go slow, slow down. If you go slow and hit the bumps it’s not that bad but if you hit them going fast that's what tears the cars up," he said.

While the temperatures are still chilly, the holes are being patched with coal mix which is a temporary fix. When it warms up, problem spots will be filled with a more permanent fix of asphalt.

If there's a pothole you’d like to report, call the city at 311 and be as specific as possible when giving the location of the hole.

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