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POT HOLES: City Works Explains Process
POT HOLES: City Works Explains Process

A public service announcement from the Fort Dodge City Public Works Department:

In the wake of the largest snow storm of the year to hit Fort Dodge, we are seeing a large number of potholes on many of our older and more deteriorated streets.  As a result, Public Works crews are being proactive and are currently out canvassing the city streets for potholes and making repairs.  We would also like to remind residents that you can report potholes to the Public Works department by contacting us in the following ways:

  • Utilize the Action Center on the city website.  The Action Center icon looks like a computer mouse, please click on that and scroll to the bottom of the page to find the link to report potholes.
  • Call the Public Works department at 955-6139, ext. 0 to report a pothole.

Unfortunately, once a pothole has been repaired, it may reoccur.  Potholes occur when snow and ice melt as part of Iowa’s seasonal freeze-thaw cycles. The resulting water then seeps beneath the pavement through cracks caused by the wear and tear of traffic. As the temperatures cool to freezing at night, the water becomes ice and expands below the pavement, forcing the pavement to rise. As the weight of traffic continues to pound on this raised section – and the temperatures once again rise above freezing – a shallow divot occurs under the surface and the pavement breaks, forming a pothole. A pothole is typically fixed by cleaning out the loose debris and filling it with hot and cold asphalt patch.  Thus, the freeze-thaw cycles may cause previously repaired potholes to open up again.

Please remember that the city trucks repairing potholes will be moving slowly and/or stopped. Please be patient while our operators are at work and cautious while driving around them

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