It’s a change a pace for Michiana… compared to the last three weeks. Drivers have been facing snow-covered roads but now they will need to look out for potholes!
The up and down temperatures are perfect for potholes. A pothole is created when the ice under the road melts, a void is left, and the pavement falls in.
Today Mishawaka's street department had two crews working to patch potholes.
City street departments and the county highway departments say they started patching this weekend when the weather warmed up and the snow covered roads cleared.
Crews say they want to get ahead of the problem before the potholes start popping up all over the place.
“The ‘freeze thaw’ that cycle is coming with the spring time coming. The nighttime is when the freezing is coming. But as it has stayed cold we didn't have that thaw so therefore there were not too many potholes so now it’s freezing and thawing and that will create them,” says Mishawaka Street Commissioner Mike Watson.
Watson says if you do see a pothole slowdown because that is the best way to avoid damage to your car.
You can also report a pothole to your street department and they will try to patch it within 24 hours.
Mishawaka Street Department (574) 258-1660
South Bend Street Department (574) 235-9244
St. Joseph County Highway Department (574) 235-7800
Indiana Toll Road (574) 674-8836