Heavy snow means more potholes popping up across the Kansas City area.
We have seen extreme weather conditions this winter. And the frigid temperatures are about to rebound into the 50s and even potentially the 60s next week.
That means instead of removing snow, public work crews will now turn to fixing potholes.
"The roads fight the issue of the melting snow. Once it melts and refreezes overnight, the moisture from the snow gets down into the asphalt and it freezes overnight," said Brian Hutchinson, street maintenance supervisor for the city of Overland Park. "It starts popping the asphalt."
Hutchinson expects the warmer temperatures, and in the coming days, he said "we will have a lot of potholes pop up."
Crews can only make temporary repairs because the cold, wet winter weather prevents a permanent fix.
"Once spring comes and we get those warmer temperatures, we'll get back out with asphalt and make a permanent repair on those," Hutchinson said.
Until then, those mini-Grand Canyons could do more than jostle your drive. They can cause damage to your vehicle or knock your vehicle's alignment out.
To help prevent damage, Hutchinson said to report "big tire busters" you see.
"Report them so we can get out there and take care of them before they do cause a problem," he said.
It typically takes two to five days to fix a pothole on main streets and three to five days in a residential area.
And drivers should have patience.
"It's not going to melt and dry up in one day. We are going to see a lot of moisture on the streets to come," Hutchinson said.
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