Fri Apr 23rd, 2021
Tags: CDOT, Colorado Department of Transportation, Customer Service Hotline, Daytime Lane Closures, Freeze-Thaw Cycle, John Lorme, Patching, Pothole Patching Season, SLOW FOR THE CONE ZONE, Transportation
The early spring freeze-thaw cycle is underway, and along with it, the potholes that develop on roadways as temperatures fluctuate between warm and cold.
For the next several weeks, drivers should be prepared for moving, single lane closures, along with possible delays, while potholes are being repaired. The Colorado Department of Transportation is urging motorists to slow down when approaching these work zones for the safety of everyone involved, especially crew members who are working to repair the pavement. While lane closures are generally limited to night-time hours, pothole repairs may occur during the day to prevent further deterioration and damage to the roadway.
“Patching potholes is an essential part of the work we do to maintain our system so it’s safe and reliable for the traveling public,” said Executive Director Shoshana Lew. “In addition to plowing snow and keeping the road clear in the winter, our maintenance team plays a key role in making these critical repairs to roads across the state. Please respect their work zones and keep them safe on the job.”
CDOT recommends that if you cannot avoid a pothole, please reduce your speed and check your rear or side-view mirrors before swerving or braking abruptly. Hitting a pothole at higher speeds greatly increases the chance of damaging tires, wheels and suspension components. Also, puddles require extra caution since they can disguise a deep hole.
“If a driver sees or hits a pothole on a state highway, they should report it to one of our customer service representatives so repairs can be scheduled,” said CDOT Division of Maintenance and Operations Director John Lorme. “I do want to remind people that CDOT only maintains state roadways so please make sure that when you’re reporting a pothole, that it falls under our jurisdiction. Cities and counties generally are responsible for repairing non-state roadways.”
To report a pothole, please call one of the following CDOT Customer Service Hotline Numbers:
Potholes are caused by the expansion and contraction of ground water under the pavement. When the water freezes, it fills more space under the pavement, which then expands, bends and cracks, weakening the road surface. When the ice melts, the pavement contracts, leaving gaps or voids underneath the surface. This continuous “freeze – thaw” cycle weakens the pavement and allows it to continue cracking. As the weight of vehicles pass over the weakened pavement, it causes it to break and creates a pothole.
GENERAL POTHOLE INFORMATION
REMEMBER: SLOW FOR THE CONE ZONE
The following tips are to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones.