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City pothole patrol looking to fill the gaps

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The sight of spring exposes the cracking and crumbling of winter-weary roads, but now you can take control of those pesky potholes in your neighborhood and tell city crews where to go.

All over the city, back and forth to work and back and forth home, drivers are expressing their frustration over potholes.

"I don't know," said driver Ed Turpen. "It's like stumping your toe. You don't want to do it."

But Metro Public Works has come to the rescue, launching a spring pothole blitz. Over the next several weeks, six five-person crews will cover about 2,500 miles of metro-maintained roadways with the goal of leaving no hole unfilled.

"You know, boom, boom, boom!" said Pat Cashim of Metro Public Works. "We jump out. They jump out. Crash cart guys direct traffic."

WDRB's Gilbert Corsey followed along with Cashim's team, as it worked its way from US 42 near the Jefferson/Oldham County line, to Brownsboro Road, near the heart of the city.

It is literally a five-minute fix. The team jumps out, fills the holes, packs it in. They say on a good day, they can get anywhere from 50 to 100 potholes filled.

"Traffic is the only hazard you have out here, so if you can slow down and get over and give us as much room as they can, that makes it safer for everybody," Ross Brown of Metro Public Works.

When water crawls under the road's surface and freezes, it can burst and create the gaps. Workers know the harsher the winter is, the more work they will have to do come spring. Last year, the agency filled roughly 10,620 potholes between February and April.

"I've had busted tires before and a busted rim," Turpen said.

It's work done to prevent you heart and your CD player from skipping a beat.

This is your chance to get the pothole problem in your neighborhood fixed. Contact MetroCall at 311 to report a location that needs attention.

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