TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

February 20, 2014

Break in snow, ice allows time for pothole patching


TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — Special to The Times-Tribune

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet highway crews are using the current break from snow and ice duty to fix another nuisance created by the snow, ice and freezing temperatures: potholes.

“During the winter season, pavement takes a lot of punishment,” said Nancy Albright, Deputy State Highway Engineer for Project Delivery and Preservation.

Potholes begin with water seeping into roadway cracks. Freezing and thawing temperatures cause pavement to expand and break apart. “Combine these elements with plowing, salting and sheer volume of traffic over broken pavement, and small cracks can quickly become potholes,” Albright said.

To combat this, for the next several weeks, crews will patch potholes every day the weather permits.

While highway crews are out fixing roads, the public is asked to help crews do their job by doing two things:

—Being attentive and patient to those working

—Reporting potholes along state routes

 Motorists can report potholes in Kentucky by calling 1-800-FOR-KYTC or by going online tohttp://transportation.ky.gov/Pages/Report-a-Pothole.aspx.