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Warmer Weather Causing Pothole Problem
MORAINE -- The Street Department is working overtime to fill about 100 potholes on city streets.
But as the warmer weather creates more snow melt, water in potholes is slowing down the process.
"It slows us down because we have to clean the water out of the potholes, we have to dry it out as much as we can so we can get some kind of adhesion from the cold patch that we're using," says Street Superintendent Bryan Campbell.
Cold patch is a mixture of asphalt that temporarily fills a pothole until it's dry enough to use asphalt in the Spring."We try to clean out the holes the best we can and then probably in the Spring, when regular asphalt is being produced, we'll be out digging these up and putting regular asphalt in," says city worker Ron Elter.
Drivers in the Miami Valley are already sick of the weather and a bumpy ride over potholes isn't helping.
"The roads are rough. They'll shake you, they'll bounce you, you gotta keep a hold of the wheel, they'll get away from you," says James Stover of Dayton.
Believe it or not, Campbell says this season has not been the worst for potholes because there has been a longer stretch of freezing temperatures.
"We just got the freeze without the expansion and contraction cycle going through as often, that could have something to do with it," says Campbell.
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