Wintry weather creates lots of potholes


POSTED: Monday, February 10, 2014 - 6:18pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 3:01pm

With the temperatures dropping, you might see more potholes on the road. Of course potholes are cars worst enemy, so experts warn to use caution out on the roads because of this wintry weather more are popping up everywhere. But, how do they form?

" A pot hole usually is separation of the asphalt that separates from the base coat and what happens is it gets moisture trapped underneath the asphalt and when it gets cold especially right now it freezes and causes the asphalt to separate and when vehicles go over the top of it, it removes the asphalt and causes a hole," said TJC Professor of Automotive Technology Kirby Cotter.

Why do more potholes appear during the winter?

"We have cracks form in the street and as they form and when we have cold weather, they expand and when they expand, we have more of an opening of a crack that lets precipitation and the sleet and rain get into the crack which weakens the base of the street, " said City of Tyler Streets Operation Manager Robin Smart.

These potholes can be very damaging to your car. According to reports, about $5 billion are spent on car repairs caused by potholes. Susan Smith, who hit a pothole,  said when she hit one, she got a flat tire and it messed up her alignment. It cost her a lot of money.

"Unfortunately it happens more and more and if you don't know how to drive in it ,people start swerving and it causes accidents, "said Smith.


City of Tyler roads: (903) 531-1393 

TxDOT roads: (903) 592-8981

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