Recent Rains Lead to Pothole Problems

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Pothole repair is keeping Caltrans crews busy this month.

Potholes form when rain water seeps into cracks in pavement, weakening the roadway surface by getting underneath it.

"We take it very seriously," Caltrans spokesperson Dennis Keaton said.

Highway workers are prioritizing pothole repairs based on the severity of safety hazard and the amount of traffic on the impacted roads, according to Keaton. Crews have been stretched a bit thin lately due to a number of weather-related issues.

"A lot of our crews are going to be working on flooded areas, as well as some of the mudslides and rock slides that still have to be cleared out of the way," explained Keaton. "So we just ask for (the public's) patience."

Potholes can be very damaging to tires. FOX40 visited Les Schwab Tires in West Sacramento where technician Ryan Steward showed us some of the damage caused by potholes: a bent rim, and popped tire.

Steward said this kind of damage typically happens at night when people don't see the potholes.

Keaton advises drivers to be extra cautious this time of year, not just to avoid potholes, but for the safety of the workers who are out repairing them.

Caltrans encourages the public to report potholes on the agency's website.

Potholes on city and county roads should be reported to the local municipality.


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