‘All Hands on Deck’ for Pothole Season in Metro

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Potholes are the cause of headaches for many metro drivers and local public works crews are hoping to alleviate some of the pain.

“It’s pretty much all hands on deck here,” said Brian Hommer, City of Des Moines public works. “We’ll have about eight crews out today working to fill pothole.”

Hommer said crews respond to calls all day for pothole repairs. On a normal day, he said they can fill up to 130 potholes.

“We focus on the really big ones but I filled a couple yesterday that were the size of a coffee can,” said Hommer.

This time of year is always rough for the road as potholes are mostly caused by moisture getting into or underneath pavement.

“This is always the worst time for us,” said Lance Starbuck, Iowa Department of Transportation. “Late February and early-March are tough because of the freezing and unfreezing.”

Starbuck said the Iowa Department of Transportation also puts a priority on filling these holes. He said that every DOT garage in the metro will have a crew out filling potholes this week.

"We are on constantly on the lookout for potholes,” said Starbuck. “We go out and actively look for them.”

The Iowa DOT spends approximately $4 million on repairing pot holes.

Iowa DOT wants your help. If you know where a bad stretch of road is, let them know via their Facebook or Twitter.

The City of Des Moines is also looking for your help. If you have a bad pothole in the city, fill out this form.


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