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The original item was published from 2/2/2022 3:02:00 PM to 2/4/2022 1:55:02 PM.

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Posted on: January 28, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Crews deicing areas known for black ice, patching potholes, and clearing blocked ditches/culverts.

Crews in all four road districts are applying liquid deicer to trouble spots (hills, curves, bridges), as temperatures remain below freezing overnight.  While this week (January 31 to February 4) looks to be mostly dry again, there will still be a chance for a few scattered showers of mixed snow and rain.  Meanwhile, crews are also working on patching potholes that have developed.  Potholes form when water seeps into the asphalt and then freezes.  The ice weakens the substructure and damages the asphalt.  The result is a pothole - a common problem in states that experience snow and freezing rain, that are followed by a periodic burst of warmer temperatures and a quick thaw.  In addition, during periods of snow and freezing rain, ditches and culverts can become plugged with chunks of compact snow/ice and in some cases even bushes and tree branches. Don't be surprised if you see crews patching potholes and clearing ditches/culverts of debris this week (January 31 to February 4, 2022).

To report a pothole, go to Pothole Repair and fill out the report form - or - call our Pothole Hotline at (509) 477-2457 during regular business hours.

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