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City crews to get early start on road repair season

The City says due to good weather lately, crews will be getting an early start on road repairs.

Drivers will see more crews out in the next few weeks, inspecting roads and alleys, documenting problem areas as snow and ice melt. 

Potholes will form due to seasonal freeze-thaw cycles. Water seeps beneath the pavement, and as temperatures cool to freezing, the water becomes ice and expands, forcing the pavement to rise. When it comes to frost heaves, they’re created by an upward swelling of soil during freezing conditions, causing ice to grow towards the surface of it.

The process of repairing a frost heave is more invasive than a pothole because crews need to dig into subsoil under the roadway, which could cause temporary lane closures or detours.

Residents and drivers are asked to be courteous, slow down in construction zones and obey signs or detours. They can also report a pothole or road concern on the City’s website.

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