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Filling potholes after the winter storm
The snow and ice from last week’s winter storms may be gone from our roads, but their legacy is still there in the form of a growing number of potholes. As the storm began winding down, we started making preparations to deal with the storm’s effects, including potholes. As crews finished their snow and ice removal work, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) began redeploying resources to fill potholes. SDOT has deployed four Pothole Rangers crews to address potholes created by the recent freezing weather.
These efforts build on work done in 2011 to address potholes and street repairs. SDOT crews filled 25,110 potholes in 2011, two and a half times the number filled in 2010. With the start of the new year, the department has $9 million available to address street surface repairs including potholes. Approximately $8.5 million of this is dedicated to arterial streets, and that includes $1.65 million in money allocated from the sale of the Rubble Yard property.
Potholes occur when street pavement cracks and breaks because of water and traffic. During the winter, water under the pavement can freeze and expand, and then thaw and contract. This freeze/thaw cycle can cause old pavement to crack so that it deteriorates quickly under the weight of traffic, and then streets seem to break out in potholes overnight. Work by the Pothole Rangers helps address any isolated trouble spots and prevents deterioration of the remaining street surface.
Posted by: Mayor Mike McGinn