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City crews working to repair numerous potholes

City crews working to repair numerous potholes
Posted on 01/29/2019

Pesky, persistent winter weather is creating plenty of new potholes. Here’s where they’re coming from, what we’re doing about the problem and how you can help.

Why so many potholes?

Potholes are created when snow and ice melt as part of the seasonal freeze-thaw cycle. Moisture seeps into the pavement, freezes, expands and thaws, creating a gap in the pavement. As vehicles drive over the gap, the pavement weakens and creates a pothole.

“This year has been particularly worse compared to past years due to the colder weather and more snow, ice and rain than we have seen in the past three to four winters,” Municipal Services Director Nick Arena said.

Repairing a pothole

Pothole repairs are weather-dependent. When there is moisture in a pothole, asphalt will not stick. The resulting loose debris creates more of a hazard in the roadway. Weather also affects staffing for pothole repairs: the crews that repair potholes are also responsible for treating and plowing roads in inclement weather.

When conditions allow, crews will start addressing potholes by putting a temporary filler – referred to a “cold patch” – in the pothole when temperatures are cold.

As the weather warms, crews will begin repairing roads properly with hot asphalt. This will include returning to temporarily fixed areas to make permanent repairs.

Reporting a pothole

You can report a pothole on a Lenexa street by calling the Municipal Services Department at 913.477.7880.

We only repairs potholes on city-maintained streets. Highways and ramps are maintained by the Kansas Department of Transportation.

While Lenexa crews are working hard to address these requests in a timely manner, please keep in mind that wet/cold weather and snow plow operations can cause delays.

“Crews will be out in force as weather allows,” Arena said. “We ask for patience as we work to make the roads as smooth as possible.”

Published Jan. 29, 2019