Winter weather could impact pothole repairs

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 23, 2015) - Indianapolis Department of Public Works crews have been using the mild weather as a way to make repairs to potholes on city street.

Thirteen crews are out daily, patching problem potholes. "We’re turning around the pothole service requests in about 4 days right now,” DPW Public Information Officer, Scott Manning says.  He says there's about 900 less reports of potholes than at this time last year in the city.

The repairs are only temporary, though. During the winter, a cold mix is used. Manning says how long it lasts depends on how many people drive over it. It also depends on the weather. "If we have some of the freeze thaw events, where we have temperatures well below freezing and all of a sudden we’re back in the 40s, that has an impact on that," says Manning.

INDOT crews are also using the mild weather this week to prepare for possible weekend winter weather.  "We’re pre-treating bridges today. We’re being a little cautious because we might get some precipitation that could dilute that," INDOT Public Information Officer, Nathan Riggs says.

INDOT says crews will be called out as needed and they have plenty of them on standby. They also have plenty of salt to tackle other winter storms. "We’ve still got a lot of winter left and we’ve got a lot of salt on hand. This should be enough salt to get us through the winter," Riggs explains.

DPW says they repair potholes in the order requested. You can fill out a service request by clicking here.

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