Pothole patrols out on Wichita streets

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WICHITA, Kan. -- By now most Wichita drivers know the routine. First comes the snow and ice, then the thaw and now the potholes.

Thursday and Friday Wichita's Public Works and Utilities Department has had seven to nine crews responding to the hundreds, perhaps thousands of new potholes which have cropped up.

Aaron Henning is the Public Works & Utilities Maintenance Engineer. Henning says the department typically patches 50,000 potholes a year.

Henning says potholes come year round even after rains. But he acknowledges the potholes are more prevalent after a freeze-thaw cycle after a snow storm we just experienced.

Henning says, "Where you have precipitation combined with the freeze-thaw cycle. So as soon as we had the roads in good shape following this last event we started staffing repair crews to get out and scout potholes and we've been taking requests and responding to those as well."

Henning says the department welcomes public calls reporting potholes so they can respond to them.

The number to report a pothole to the City of Wichita is 268-4013.

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