Pothole Season Begins in Iowa LINKS

Photo by Madeleine McCormick

(Des Moines, Iowa) -- Pothole season is starting in Iowa.

"We're at that time of year when they start showing up. When you have a deep freeze like we just came through, and then a quick warm up, that will cause the first wave of potholes to show up." Des Moines Public Works Director Jonathan Gano tells WHO Radio News.

His crews patch potholes year-round on 750 miles of the city's busiest roads.

"We run pothole patching crews on the snow route system, that's the roads everyone uses to get around." Gano says.

"They'll respond to individual complaints within 48 hours, we try for 24, but that's not always possible."

WHO Radio News Reporter Madeleine McCormick spent a couple of hours on Pothole Patrol Friday morning, watching drivers dodge or hit potholes on one of the busiest roads in Iowa, Fleur Drive.

"The best way I can describe what's going on is, it's kind of like a dance." McCormick says.

"So, the drivers or the cars are either dead-on hitting these potholes and going up and down.... or they're just swerving a little bit as if the pothole is their partner's foot and they need to take a little mis-step."

Hear Madeleine's full report below. Photo by Madeleine McCormick.


Altoona: Call Public Works Department (515) 967-5136.

Ames: Online pothole reporting CLICK HERE for online form or call Ames Public Works 515-239-5160.

Ankeny: Online reporting form CLICK HERE

Burlington: Call Public Works at (319) 753-8119

Cedar Rapids: Pothole Hotline: 319-286-5826, or e-mail atstreet@cedar-rapids.org. Please have available the street name, address and cross street with repair request.

Clive: Call Public Works Department (515) 223-6231.

Coralville: CLICK HERE for city website reporting form. CLICK HERE for info on city app

Council Bluffs: Call Public Works Operations (712) 328-4641

Davenport: call Public Works Department at 563.326.7923, Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM and 4:30 PM Or download the YourGOV app and report potholes from your smart phone. CLICK HERE for YourGOV app.

Grimes: Call Public Works at Public Works 515-986-9636 or CLICK HERE for online citizen reports

Des Moines: Call Public Works 515-283-4950. CLICK HERE for interactive form to report potholes. Des Moines also offers a smart phone app that allows you to report potholes. CLICK HERE for information on myDSMmobile

Iowa City: has a Pothole Hotline: 319-356-5181, or after hours: 319-356-5275.

Johnston: Call Public Works 515-278-0822 CLICK HERE to report a pothole in the City of Johnston.

Marion: Public Works email or call (319) 377-6367.

Urbandale: Call Public Works 515-278-3950 or email

Waukee: Call Public Works at 515-978-7920 CLICK HERE to report a pothole in the City of Waukee.

West Des Moines: Call Public Works Department at (515) 222-3480

Pothole Season Begins in Des Moines

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