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Rock falls and potholes common in winter

By: Samantha Saracino Email
By: Samantha Saracino Email

The lack of snow recently and some warmer days has actually caused more problems for road maintenance crews. The constant freezing and thawing is causing rock falls and potholes in the mountains.

When you are traveling, not only do you need to pay attention to the road, but you also need to consider what's above you.

"rock falls are extremely difficult if not impossible to predict or prepare for so with that being said it's very difficult to warn motorists," said Darold Slone, from the District 12 Highway Department.

And below you...

"On older pavements, they're more prone but at the same time, they are somewhat sporadic," Slone explained.

Highway officials say slides and pot holes are common this time of year because of the constant freezing and thawing, and the big sandy region has seen its fair share of problems already.

"Everything from just a rock in the road to some pretty substantial, I wouldn't say massive, rock slides," said Sara George, from the District 12 Highway Department.

But highway officials do have some suggestions.

"Keep both hands on the wheel, pay attention, avoid areas that are prone to rock falls if possible, and drive the speed limit or below," said George.

Highway officials are working on some mitigation projects in the future that should reduce the number of rock falls in the area.

If you notice any rock falls or potholes in your area, you can call your local maintenance garage or call 1-800-patch it.

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