Patching Up Pothole Problems
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GREEN BAY, WI-- The winter weather isn't just having an impact on the roads, but your car too. Potholes are popping up all over northeast Wisconsin, and they could damage your car without you even realizing it.
Potholes are a problem this time of year with the roads constantly freezing and thawing.
"It's an abuse to the suspension of cars," said Steve Coats with Alan's Tire and Auto.
Coats sees customers every day with pothole problems. Misalignment, damage to tires and rims, just to name a few.
"In worst case scenarios even some body damage" said Coats.
To prevent that, Green Bay city crews patrol well-known problem areas. Older streets or roads that were concrete and have an asphalt overlay.
But operations director, Cris Pirlot admits it's tough to stay ahead of all of them and patching is just a temporary solution.
"We're already talking about is in the spring we're going to go in there, cut them out square, and put good hot mix asphalt in there, so we don't have those pothole issues continuing" said Pirlot.
Green Bay has close to $98,000 budgeted for blacktop materials but Pirlot expects they'll spend more. And until the freeze-thaw cycle ends.
"Have your alignment checked on a regular basis" said Coats.
An alignment check isn't always standard maintenance when you get your oil changed. It's typically a service you need to ask for.