Cities around the Riverbend are patching potholes as they take advantage of the recent thaw that has left roads cracked and pitted. Road crews around the area are fixing holes created by the recent fluctuations in temperatures. With a 50-degree swing from last week to this, the road hazards are popping up all over the region.
Godfrey’s Director of Maintenance Jim Lewis says they are using a cold-patch asphalt mix to fill in the holes.
Potholes are formed when water penetrates the surface of the pavement and then freezes, causing cracks to form. Then when the ice thaws, it leaves a gap under the now-weakened asphalt or concrete, which eventually collapses.
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