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Cold weather may have helped pothole problem

The spring melt is on and with that means pothole season. Lakeland drivers are used to the ruts in the road but officials are saying this season might be a little softer on vehicles. Cold Lake Transportation Services Manager George Urlacher says compared to other years his crews aren’t seeing as many potholes. He says the frigid winter we saw had something to do with it.

“It’s the water that gets into the pavement and causes the potholes. When that water stays frozen, we don’t get that water seeping into the cracks and creating potholes.”

Holes in the city are still being reported both through phone calls and online with the “report-a-pothole” program. Urlacher says his repair crews are seeing turnaround times for filling the holes at around a day from when they are first reported.

“This past week we started to get a few come in. I think we received about 5 or 6 reports come in over the past week.”

This is the seventh year the online pothole reporting program has been offered to residents.

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