Pothole Season Starts Early in Des Moines

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(Des Moines, IA) -- Pothole season is starting early this year in Des Moines.

Des Moines Public Works Director Jonathan Gano tells WHO Radio News:

"We're seeing the kind of weather that would normally show up later in the winter earlier, so that very, very cold artic air did a lot of damage to old roadways that we have in Des Moines, and that caused the eruption of a lot of potholes when temperatures warmed back up."

Gano says the city has 15 teams working each day this week to patch potholes on the 750 miles of the city's most traveled roadways. Crews will then focus on the additional 1,400 miles of residential streets later in the week.

People can report potholes in their area by calling the city's 24/7 customer service center at (515)283-4950, through the city's website, or by downloading the MyDSM Mobile app.

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