Portage fills 3,700 potholes during weekend

2014-01-13T12:00:00Z 2014-01-13T22:14:07Z Portage fills 3,700 potholes during weekendJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | Street Department crews worked the weekend filling in potholes on streets throughout Portage.

Street Department Superintendent Steve Charnetzky said crews filled about 3,700 potholes on Saturday and Sunday, using some 34 tons of cold mix asphalt patch.

"Due to the record breaking low temperatures, heavy snowfall and rain, this has created numerous potholes throughout the city of Portage," Charnetzky said. "We will continue to maintain the pothole repairs throughout the winter months."

Charnetzky said potholes are formed when the snow and ice melts and seeps through the cracks beneath the pavement. As the water freezes at night, it expands below the pavement, causing the pavement to rise. As cars drive over the areas, the pavement breaks, forming a pothole.

Charnetzky advised residents to drive cautiously throughout the city, especially in areas that are under asphalt patch repair.

He also advised drivers on how to handle potholes if they come upon them.

"Don't follow too closely behind other vehicles, for this will block your visibility of possible potholes ahead," he said, adding drivers should brake prior to potholes and not in them to lessen the chance of tire and rim damage. He also advised drivers to be careful of surrounding traffic when driving around potholes.

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