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Jan 30, 2013 10:07 PM by David Ortiviz

Pothole season follows wintery weather

Winter can be harsh on our roads, creating a plethora of potholes and you may be surprised to learn how much damage they're causing.

Every year the Colorado Department of Transportation uses enough pothole mixture to fill 27 NFL football fields.

The reason more potholes are popping up now is because they form when moisture seeps into the road, and the surface cracks from heavy traffic.

If you hit a pothole you can file a claim with your local government, but it can be an uphill battle. "All of the cities within the State of Colorado are protected under what's called the Governmental Immunity Act. So a pothole that forms may not necessarily lead to a successful claim," said Steve Eubanks, Supervisor of Pueblo's Street Division. Eubanks says motorists but prove the city has ignored the pothole beyond a reasonable amount of time.

Nonetheless, transportation workers want you to report dangerous potholes in your area. Here's contact information:

Pueblo: 719-553-2319

C-DOT: 800-999-4997 or dot_info@state.co.us

 

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