CDOT ramps up spring pothole repairs

 Colorado Department of Transportation crews fix potholes along Highway 50 on March 14, 2019.
Colorado Department of Transportation crews fix potholes along Highway 50 on March 14, 2019. (KKTV)
Published: Apr. 3, 2019 at 7:19 AM MDT
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Drivers have grown used to dodging potholes, but now Colorado Department of Transportation crews are working to fix them.

CDOT said crews are starting to repair potholes that have popped up along state highways in the past few weeks following the major storms that have hit the area, including the Bomb Cyclone.

“There have been more potholes with recent weather events,” said Michelle Peulen, the communications manager for CDOT Region 2.

She said crews fix potholes year-round, but when the weather goes through freezing and thawing cycles, crews are out more often.

“They look at potholes on a weekly basis, so they’re kind of constantly out there every week planning what areas they’ll be potholing,” Peulen said.

She said crews try to fix potholes at night to limit traffic impacts, but sometimes they need to make emergency repairs.

On March 14 and 15, CDOT crews had to do emergency repairs along state highways near Pueblo because of all the rain the area received.

“Our priority is safety: the safety of the traveling public and the safety of our crews,” Peulen said. “So we need to kind of balance those issues to make sure that we’re getting the work done safely and we’re getting it done in a timely manner.”

She said how fast the pothole gets repaired depends on what road it’s on and how big it is.

“A very large pothole on Interstate 25 is going to require some emergency roadwork,” Peulen said. “So if it’s just a smaller pothole in the shoulder that may not be addressed for a week.”

When crews are out working, lanes will be closed to keep the workers safe.

“We ask that drivers treat pothole operations like they would any other work zone. Please slow down,” Peulen said. “Please drop distractions and be aware of crews in the area. We like to joke that we wouldn’t drive through your office at 70 miles an hour, so we ask that you slow down and don’t drive through our office at 70 miles an hour.”

Drivers who see a pothole in southeastern Colorado can report it by calling 719-562-5568. Potholes in the Denver area should be reported to 303-759-2368. CDOT asks that callers be as descriptive as possible.

“We ask that you have the interstate or the roadway you’re on, the direction you’re traveling – whether it be northbound, southbound, eastbound, westbound – as well as if you have a mile point, that’s perfect. If not a mile point, then possibly a landmark in the area: say a restaurant or a cross street,” Peulen said.

CDOT said potholes usually cost $60 per square yard to fix and can take 10-30 minutes for crews to repair, depending on the size.