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More potholes than usual plaguing Grand Island

Published: Apr. 14, 2021 at 8:29 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - After heavy rain over the past couple of months, the city of Grand Island is patching potholes from all the moisture.

“I think over the winter it was pretty average but after we had all that moisture there was a lot of potholes that started to show up,” said Public Works Streets Division Superintendent Shannon Callahan.

So far this year, they’ve used about 44 tons of cold mix to fill the holes, compared to 62 tons last year.

“We did end up getting some in some areas that were a little surprising like State Street, over by the Menards area or Scooter’s Coffee where that’s at, so pretty good concrete in there but those joints are starting to show some potholes,” Callahan said.

When moisture gets inside the roads and freezes, this causes the pavement to expand and create those pesky holes.

“Sometimes there’s not a lot you can do to prevent it,” Callahan said. “The best thing is to try to get it filled as quick as possible just so that it keeps from expanding.”

The city is working to get the potholes taken care of but until then people need to avoid them as much as possible.

Over at Kims Auto Repair Service in Grand Island, they’ve seen many people come in with quite a bit of damage because of potholes.

“If you hit a big pothole going fast enough, it could do some pretty good damage to your car,” Owner Kim McDonald said. “It can break ball joints, can ruin a tire, bend a wheel, so you could do some pretty good damage.”

Mechanics said it could cost anywhere between a couple hundred up to the $2,000 to repair the damage.

The city closed down Eddy Street and Sycamore overpasses on Wednesday to fill potholes. They’re also working on Highway 2 and plan to do an even bigger project sometime next year to fix more of the problem.

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