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Pothole Problems in Lexington

By: Denny Trease Email
By: Denny Trease Email

Most of us have experienced driving down the street, minding our own business and suddenly hitting a pothole that jars our car and everyone in it.

Potholes are a nuisance to drivers every year, but this winter has been a real pothole producer.

Tom Keller, Supervisor of Potholes for the LFUCG Streets and Roads Department, tells 27 NEWSFIRST, "It's the freezing and thawing effect. The water gets into some of the worst places in the road, and when it freezes, it just pops the blacktop right out. We're making a maximum effort on it."

Roads that have had a lot of construction equipment on them seem to be the worst. They can really make for a bumpy ride, but it took a surprising amount of asphalt to fill a pothole on Sir Barton Way that looked more like a crater.

Keller says, "Right after the last snow, we were out there. They estimate we put half a ton in one hole."

Naturally, the deeper the hole, the more damage it can do to any car that hits it. If you know the location of a bad one, dial LexCall at 311.

Streets and Roads pledges to have it filled within 48 hours if at all possible. Thursday, they had just about every crew in the department out filling potholes.

Keller says his crews filled nearly a thousand of them in January alone. Now like everyone else, they're hoping that Friday's warm up will last a long, long time.

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