Extreme winter temps take their toll on Michiana roads

Enormous snow banks, restricted lanes and deep potholes can be added to the list of things to blame on this winter's extreme weather conditions.

“Our longtime crew member says this is the worst pothole season they’ve ever seen,” tweeted INDOT Northwest on Friday, and it’s a sentiment shared by drivers across Michiana.

“It’s horrible, real bad,” said Granger driver, Bob Petersen. “I’ve seen several pot holes. Fortunately with the truck it doesn’t bother me as much as small cars but yeah this year has seen a lot of potholes.”

The fluctuation in temperatures is in part to blame for the erosion of the asphalt. Potholes are formed when water seeps into the asphalt and then freezes and expands. This winter’s range of temperatures from negative to above 30 degrees has meant the perfect recipe for potholes.

“We’ve had a lot of people coming in to get their tires checked,” said Malcolm Wilson, Assist. to the Manager at the Drive & Shine in Mishawaka. He said the real volume has been in customers coming in for car washes after months of wear and tear from salt and snow.

Drivers wishing to report potholes on Norwest Indiana state routes, interstates or U.S. highways can call 855-GO-INDOT.

For roads in specific cities or towns, residents are asked to contact the Department of Public Works or its equivalent in that area.

In Michigan, drivers can report potholes online at www.michigan.gov/mdot.

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