Potholes appear when water can seep under pavement through cracks or from the side of the road. Over time, the water can cause the material under the pavement to erode, causing the pavement to sink down and break. During the winter, the water under the pavement freezes then thaws (contracting and expanding). This freeze/thaw cycle can cause the pavement to crack. Once cracked, the pavement deteriorates quickly under the weight of traffic and streets can seem to break out in potholes overnight. In general, you can expect to see more potholes in the winter and spring, following periods of cold temperatures and rain or snow. Making permanent repairs during the winter is difficult and expensive. Temporary repairs are intended to maintain safety and minimize damage to vehicles. Permanent repairs require waiting until the spring thaw. In spring, Public Works makes permanent repairs using hot asphalt. Often our residents bring a pothole to our attention, which we appreciate.
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A clogged drain usually results from water flowing towards the drain carrying debris and/or leaves from the street with it. This can clog the top of a drain or eventually the pipe in the bottom.
Every year some streets are scheduled to receive new overlay and the storm drains for these streets will need to be rebuild. Over time salt can erode the mortar between the bricks and makes the bricks come loose and, if not addressed, fall into the catch basin of the drain. Sidewalks get addressed on an as-needed basis. We are responsible for the sidewalks at public buildings and when a street tree has caused damage.
Almost as soon as the last snow flake has been cleared for the season Public Works starts preparing for the next winter to come. Snow and ice removal is the number one priority for every employee at Public Works. We are equipped to store approximately 1,200 tons of road salt and have over 16 pieces of equipment to our disposal for snow and ice removal. First streets to be cleared are the main roadways and then the secondary streets, which are mostly residential. During major snow storms we switch to a 12 hours shift work system in order to keep the disruption to your daily life at a minimum. However, some inconvenience due to this weather related situation is simply unavoidable. Please give us a call at 301-739-8577 x. 178 if you want to request a salting or a snow plow for your street.