With last week’s subfreezing temperatures behind us, and a significant day time warm up this week the conditions are great for the formation of new potholes in our roads. Potholes form mainly due to water seeping into cracks in pavement during warm daylight hours then freezing and expanding at night when temperatures drop below the freezing point. When the water in the cracks in the pavement freezes it expands pushing the cracks farther apart and deeper. The repeated cycle of thaw, fill, and then freeze results in potholes. These potholes become even worse as more traffic causes physical damage to the potholes as well. Potholes are a hazard to drivers causing damage to wheels, struts, axles, and making for uncomfortable rides. Be aware that potholes will continue to form all through the winter and into spring.
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