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Denver Crews Repair Hundreds Of Potholes A Day

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A Denver Public Works crew repairs a pothole on Feb. 27, 2012. (credit: CBS)

A Denver Public Works crew repairs a pothole on Feb. 27, 2012. (credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4) – This time of year can be extremely tough on vehicles because of the number of potholes on city streets and highways.

The alternating cold and then warm temperatures such as we’ve seen in February can make for a mess on the roads because the asphalt keeps contracting and expanding.

“They are pretty much all over the place,” UPS driver Mike Robinson told CBS4. “I see them getting increasingly worse with the weather. I see the city crews — they are out in my area trying to repair them but it’s a slow process.”

Denver Public Works crews say they are filling between 300 and 400 potholes every day.

“We generally fill about 100,000 potholes throughout the year,” Public Works spokeswoman Christine Downs said. “And now we’re filling about 400 a day on a nice day like today.”

If the weather stays warm for a stretch, workers say that could increase the number of potholes.

CBS4 took a look at the potholes on some of the side streets in Denver. Watch Dominic Garcia’s report below:

Denver Public Works says Denver-area drivers can help them keep up with trouble spots by calling 311 and reporting any bad potholes. They also have an app that lets drivers report a number of road problems, including potholes.

Get more information at the Denver Public Works website.

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