Potholes form as temperatures rise in Eau Claire

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- With the warmer weather the last couple of days, a lot of the snow and ice has started to melt. Now, potholes are a new frustration for many drivers.

Ask almost anyone, and they've probably got a pothole horror story.

"Out on the new bypass, earlier this year, right where highway 29 comes on, I hit a pothole and basically flattened the tire on my truck," driver Eric Nyhus said.

Steven Thompson, Street Maintenance Manager with the City of Eau Claire urges drivers to be patient. As the weather gets warmer, more crews will start fixing them.

"The patching we do right now, we try to get as much of the water and the loose material out of the holes," he said. "Once the snow and ice has all melted and temperatures (are) above freezing, then we'll start to do more permanent repairs."

Of course, there are the usual suspects.

"There's a lot of 'em on Brackett Avenue," said driver Rick Geissler. "I think they're going to be re-doing that road. And Hastings Way. There's a lot of potholes."

Potholes also end up in some areas that might surprise you. With the higher speeds on the highway, drivers need to be extra cautious to avoid potholes on those roads.

"Just be aware," Thompson said. "They are out there, and we'll do our best to get them repaired as soon as possible."

Thompson encourages the public to tell the city's Street Department about problem areas by calling the 24/7 Patch Hotline at (715) 839-6257. You can also click on the link on the right side of this story, and click on "Feedback" to send an email trough the city's website.

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