Public Works Expects Plenty of Potholes This Spring

By Forrest Saunders, Reporter

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By Forrest Saunders

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Warmer weather has melted the white stuff from Cedar Rapids roads, but in its place are plenty of potholes. City officials said Wednesday, drivers can expect a bad year.

The Cedar Rapids Public Works Department said deep freezes this winter followed by short-lived warm ups have ensured a lot of potholes to repair in spring.

Mike Duffy, the city’s maintenance operations superintendent, said his crews have been using the recent warm spell to fix what they can before the next round of snow falls. Since Friday, Duffy estimated they’ve gone through about 120 tons of fill material.

“That’s a lot. That’s about as fast as we can go out and fill with the crews that we have,” said Duffy.

Duffy said his crews expect to be working on potholes well into the spring, but depend on the public to spot and report them.

The number for the Cedar Rapids Public Works Department is (319) 286-5802.

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