Snow Causes Pothole Problems

Posted at 6:55 PM, Feb 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-04 19:55:03-05

Drivers won't be surprised to see potholes appearing as the snow melts, but it's still important to be aware of them in order to avoid damage to your car.

The Wisconson Department of Transportation contracts county highway departments to fill many of the holes on state roads, and a few crews were already beginning the process Thursday.

"We really take maintenance of the state highway system seriously. What we do is we contract with the counties to go out and maintain the system with preventative maintenance or repair jobs, such as potholes," said Mark Kantola, the Northeast Regional Communications Manager for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Crews worked in Outagamie County on 441 and Interstate 41 Thursday, and more plan to start in Manitowoc County in the next few days.

Before they're filled, drivers need to look out.

"We see a lot of tire damage, some suspension damage, obviously some of the potholes can be larger in Green Bay, especially with the snow that we see and the plow truck doing their thing to the roads," said Josh Liesch, owner of Auto Select vehicle repair.

If you see a dangerous pothole out on the road, contact your city or county public works department, or the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.