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Potholes riddle wet, frozen streets

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Posted: Feb 6, 2014 5:40 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Feb 6, 2014 6:52 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Potholes, driving, roads, streets, freeze, weather, construction

BATON ROUGE - After weeks of wet, freezing weather, the roads in the Capital City have taken a beating.

Frozen rain expands in the small cracks in the asphalt, creating larger fissures that can turn into potholes. The Department of Public Works typically has two crews filling potholes around the city every day, but on Thursday the crew couldn't work because of the cold weather. When it's too cold, the mixture of asphalt patch won't work correctly.

One problem road near the corner of Highland and State Street is already slated for a rehab, but that could still be months away from being finished.

"It's bigger than a pothole, it's multiple potholes, the road's just broken off in some places, the asphalt has cracks in it," said Amanda Macklin, who works nearby.

DPW Director David Guillory told News 2 the project to fix that intersection has already received bids and should begin within the next 60 days. Once it's started, it will take about 30 days to complete.

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