Potholes 101

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Report a pothole

You can report a pothole several ways:

Reporting a pothole helps us all.  It ensures the City has a record of the pothole so a work order can be issued and the pothole repaired according to our service objective timelines.  It also helps your fellow motorists to ensure the the safety of our roads and minimize damage to vehicles that can occur.

What if my vehicle has been damaged by a pothole?

To learn more about Damage and Liability Claims, visit our Risk Management page.  There, you may submit an online incident report.

What is a pothole?

A pothole is damage to asphalt street surfaces caused by fluctuating temperature. In a thaw, water seeps through pavement into its sub base. When the water freezes and becomes ice, it expands and the pavement above it (and the ground below it) flexes.

As traffic drives over it, as the water continues its thaw freeze cycle, and the pavement continues to flex, the breaking capacity of the pavement weakens. Eventually the pavement weakens to the point where it pops out of the street, exposing the damage to the sub base.

Potholes cause problems for motorists and city maintenance crews during the spring as we experience the freeze thaw cycle more frequently. As the roads become bare, more cracks are exposed making pavement even more vulnerable.

What can you do?

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