Last winter continues to haunt commuters, even as temps soar

July 18, 2019 - 7:45 am
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Winter seems like a distant memory now, but thousands of reminders of the snow and ice remain on Kansas City streets. 

Public works employees continue to fix potholes, months after the last cold snap. Snow fall totals were much higher than normal in the winter of 2018-19, and the freeze-and-thaw cycle created an unusually high number of holes in the pavement.

The abnormally wet spring did not help with efforts to address the problem, said Maggie Green, with Kansas City Missouri Public Works.

"Any time it rains a lot the rain will seep into the seams on the pavement, and sometimes the rain will cause new potholes to form, or sometimes the rain will cause those old pothole patches to pop back open," Green said.

They have had more than 15,000 reports of issues, and they have addressed more than 10,000 of them. Unfortunately, that does not get close to the number of potholes in the city.

"If you add all the 311 requests, plus everything that we have filled, we're over 70,000 potholes filled since the beginning of the year," Green said.

A number of roads in Kansas City are overdue for resurfacing, which has caused more issues than expected.

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