Pothole Problems: Road Crews Fear Warm-up Could Create Headaches

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– As some of the coldest weather the Tennessee Valley has seen in years moves out, Huntsville leaders are hoping it isn’t as damaging as what they’ve seen in the past.

Potholes.

That chilling weather that caused mostly everything made of water to freeze can also create problems that end up costing tax payers thousands of dollars.

Huntsville Public Works Director Terry Hatfield says crews may have to work overtime.

“We have these cracks in the road and it freezes. Rain gets down in there and freezes and then we have potholes,” Hatfield said.

Those potholes and damages end up coming with a hefty price tag.

“If we have the whole road tore up, it costs $100,000 a mile to replace an entire road,” Hatfield said. “But luckily we have already had several of our major roads in the area resurfaced thanks to stimulus money.”

If you come across a pothole while driving let us know. Contact our ‘Driving you Crazy’ section of Taking Action, Getting Results.  If you’d like WHNT News 19 to Take Action for you on a road problem, contact Steve Johnson.

1 Comment

  • eurekadog

    Why does the city not use advanced techniques to build roads? There are existing methods that will prevent Huntsville roads from deteriorating as quickly as they do.

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