Potholes Popping Up
Potholes are making things bumpy on roads, and they're showing up a lot more than usual, because this winter was harder than usual.
When snow and ice seep into the cracks in asphalt, roads do just that: crack.
The Columbia's Public Works Department says in this kind of weather, potholes are unavoidable.
"The extreme cold temperatures have caused a lot of the potholes," said Jill Stedem of the Public Works Department.
For now, Columbia will fill potholes with what's called a "cold mix" asphalt, which can handle cold temperatures. But this type of asphalt patch doesn't hold up for very long.
The more permanent hot asphalt patches will be put on when temperatures stay above freezing.
To report potholes in Columbia, you can visit the public works Web site in the Related Links section at the top of this page. If you have a great picture of a pothole, email us: firstname.lastname@example.org