Potholes Once Again Threaten to Rattle Commutes and Cause Damage - WBAY

Potholes Once Again Threaten to Rattle Commutes and Cause Damage

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Potholes are starting to cause our commutes to seem more like rollercoaster rides and are causing some of us rack up hundreds of dollars in damage to our vehicles.

The some drivers say they are making mental notes of where the potholes are worst in the city this winter.

"I would have to say there are some that are on Webster Street that are pretty intense," said Amy Payne of Green Bay.

Payne knows she can't avoid all of them, especially if there's another car in the lane next to her. It's cost her hundreds of dollars over the years, too, at the repair shop.

"I've put new tires on several times," Payne said.

Pomp's Tire says tire problems are just the start.

"If the car fell in the hole, that wheel fell in the hole deep enough, you can damage the exhaust, possibly the oil pans or transmission pans, drive line axes, MacPherson struts, steering linkage," lists Bill Sutter, store manager.  

The auto repair shop has worked on about six or seven cars a week for the last couple weeks, all damaged by breakup in the pavement.

Potholes will be widespread again this year, but so far this year, the consistent cold has not allowed liquid to seep inside the road cracks, which means less expansion of the street and just limited problems.

"We've had winters where it's been hot and cold, warm and cold, warm and cold, throughout the majority of the winter, and then we're going to have pothole problems all winter," says Chris Pirlot, Green Bay Public Works Operations Manager. "(This winter) we've had a hard freeze, frost is deep in the ground, so we don't have the freeze and thaw cycles until now."

Crews have done some pothole patching this winter, but plan to focus more on them as temperatures continue to rise above freezing during the day.

Over the last several years, the department filled an average of 15,000 potholes annually.

"I would hope that if we filled 15,000 potholes last year, after last year's winter when it was a little warmer, where stuff would melt, I'm hoping we're going to fill less potholes this year," Pirlot adds.

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