DENVER (CBS4) – It’s a rough ride for Denver drivers this winter. If it’s not the snow, it’s the potholes — and so far this year Denver has twice as many potholes as last year.
It’s only seven weeks into the new year and Denver has reported almost 10,000 potholes. In the same amount of time last year the city only had about 4,500.
Potholes form when there’s a freeze and thaw cycle like Denver has seen this winter.
The city normally sees approximately 60,000 to 100,000 potholes a year, and the pace so far this year will be right on average — 75,000 to 80,000 potholes.
Currently Denver Public Works crews have been working overtime to fix the potentially dangerous holes in the roads.
“Every morning they get their list, they go out there, they fill those potholes on that list,” Heather Burke with Denver Public Works said. “And then they do what they call a proactive patrol. So they’ll drive around and see if there’s any that they notice and they’ll fill those as well.”
Drivers can report potholes by calling 311.