Potholes Plague City

Now we've seen the sun, we're seeing what's under all that packed snow and ice:

Potholes, and lots of them.

They shake you up.

"It's a bumpy ride!" said one Colorado Springs driver.

There is no escape.

"They're everywhere, you can't avoid them," says another resident.

"They keep us pretty busy!" said Wilbur Williams.

Williams and his street division crew start their repairs at sun up and end at sun down, keeping up with, and filling in, the damages done by repeated shots of winter.

"As the snow melts, we find more. This winter beat us up pretty good," Wilbur said.

Workdays include responding to calls for service and filling in craters the city's 10 pothole crews spot themselves.

"We are trying to use that dollar in the most efficient way as possible,” said Streets Division Supervisor Peg Richardson.

Richardson says the numbers for this year aren't totaled, but in 2006 the city had almost 8 thousand calls for service.

Translation: more than 18 thousand potholes filled...and this year, the fun is just beginning.

"Talk to us, let us know where they're at," Richardson said.

With more winter on the way, the pothole problem has no permanent short-term solution, only a prediction from Wilbur and his crew:

"That I'll be out here sun up to sun down again...and again," he said.

If you want to report a pothole, give the city a call. You can make a request for service by calling the pothole hot-line at 385-6808.

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