Super cold, then mild tomorrow – which could mean pothole problems

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The drastic swing in temperatures in the last 24 hours is creating prime conditions for a pesky problem we are all too familiar with – potholes.

As temperatures warm up over the next couple of days the roads remain a major concern not only for drivers but city workers.

“We’re seeing that fluctuation that allows that deterioration to happen on our streets and roadways,” said DPW Chief Communication Officer, Ben Easley.

INDOT and DPW are both working to keep streets, roads, and interstates safe for drivers.

“They will be out this weekend as well. We’ll have two crews out tonight and then two out on Sunday night to kind of hit anything that happened over the weekend before rush hour on Monday morning,” said INDOT Spokesperson, Mallory Duncan.

INDOT has a light load this year. They point out that major construction project on our interstates this past summer is paying off this winter.

“We haven’t seen nearly as many potholes. We haven’t had to use nearly as may crews, overnight, during the day. Last year we were out every day, every night with multiple crews,” said Duncan.

DPW tells us on these sunny dry days they usually have 90 crews filling 10,000 potholes a week. But they haven’t seen nearly as many this season.

According to Indy PotHole Viewer, there are more than 1500 active pothole reports in the circle city. On Morris Street, on the near Southwest side, there’s nearly a dozen potholes in a three-block radius. One of them spanning nearly 30 inches.

DPW is implementing new techniques like infrared heaters to help with the pesky roads.

"It allows them to rake it up and resurface. That allows for less cracks in the future. That allows less precipitation into those cracks. Less freezing and less deterioration,” said Easley.

In Hamilton County, the Highway Department says they haven’t seen many issues with potholes compared to previous years. So far, they've only filled about two dozen potholes, which is half than normal. But they are getting mailbox reports since snow plows are beginning to knock them down.

“When our guys are plowing the snow, this is a big piece of equipment. The plows are just as big on the front end of the truck. So whenever that snow is coming off the end of their plows it knocks over their mailboxes,” said Hamilton County Highway Department, Public Relations, Brandi Tarner.

There's a policy in place to fix that as long as residents fill out a form and report the damage within seven days.

In Marion County, they’re asking you to report potholes with both INDOT and DPW.

“If we don’t see them we don’t know they’re there,” said Easley.

Here's a list of sites where you can report potholes, mailboxes or any roadway issues based on your location.

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