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Louisville crews continue patching potholes

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On Monday, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer helped launch this year's Pothole Blitz, an annual event aimed at ridding the city's streets of the many potholes left by the repeated freeze-thaw cycles of winter.

According to a news release from the Mayor's office, there are more potholes this year than last year.

Metro Public Works patched 8,726 potholes from the start of the snow season on November 1, 2013 and the end of February 2014. In the same period a year ago 7,162 potholes were patched.

This February alone Public Works patched 4,297 potholes compared to only 2,975 in February of 2013.

The Blitz comes on the heels of the same crews leading the snow fighting effort through the long winter. "I can't say enough about the job that Public Works did in clearing the roads alongside its Snow Team partners—Metro Parks and Metro Codes and Regulations," Fischer said.

Potholes are created by a combination of water that seeps through cracks caused by normal wear and tear in asphalt, repeated freezing and thawing temperatures, and the weight of traffic. Cold temperatures cause the water to freeze and expand, weakening the pavement.

The weight of traffic on the weakened pavement then breaks the asphalt, eventually leaving a hole that grows as more vehicles drive over it.

If you see a pothole on a city street, report it to MetroCall, by either calling 311 or by visiting the city's website at www.louisvilleky.gov. Potholes on interstates and highways should be reported to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet at 1-877-For-KYTC (367-5982).

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