Did you see the TV news story this morning about the monster pothole on Highway 40? Potholes are one of the hazards of living in a region like ours in which cold temperatures, rainy weather, and plenty of trucks put stress on older pavements. Over a week or two, big highway potholes (like the one Channel 2 reported) can damage plenty of tires and suspensions.
City streets get potholes, too — and their speedy repair challenges the City’s Streets Department throughout the winter and into the spring. They do a pretty good job of it these days. Six years ago, the City repaired potholes within two business days of their being reported only 17 percent of the time. Last year, though, it was up to 87 percent.
I have asked Streets Director Todd Waeltermann to set a goal even closer to 100 percent this winter.