Weathered roads and how to address potholes

The City of Eugene Public Works crews respond to requests made by the public regarding potholes.

Posted: Mar. 1, 2018 3:42 AM
Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 3:58 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Winter weather patterns in Western Oregon are causing a potential hazard on area roads, potholes.

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According to the City of Eugene Public Works Department, potholes are caused by the expansion and contraction of ground water after the water has entered into the ground under the pavement.

Kathy Eva, Public Information Specialist for the City of Eugene, said potholes are responded to as requests are received.

“Generally, hazardous potholes receive a response within 48 hours and typically sooner,” Eva said. “A hazardous pothole is defined as a hole 3 inches or deeper in depth. Road defects outside of hazards are prioritized in alignment with the Street Maintenance Policy and Procedures and other scheduled work.”

Eva said there are always more potholes that appear or become hazardous following freezing, wet weather. Most of the time the city receives more pothole request on older streets, especially unimproved streets which receive a lower level of service based on the Street Maintenance Policy and Procedures.

Citizens may call Public Works Maintenance at 541-682-4800 during business hours or email issues here.

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