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Street crews try to make driving a little less "bumpy"

by Danielle Wagner

WATERLOO (KWWL) Some roads are making for a pretty bumpy ride in the Waterloo area.

Friday, crews with the Waterloo Street Department worked to fill as many potholes as possible on priority roads.

Street Superintendent Steve Decker said potholes and frost heaves are a common problem this time of year.

"You have water that gets down into the cracks during the day and it freezes at night and swells up," he said.

Decker said many of the heaves go down in spring, but some don't and can lead to potholes. He said the city has equipment to help work the frost heaves back down, but there's not much to be done right now because of the weather.

We have cold weather, then we get warmer temperatures with thawing and next we get some possible driving hazards.

"It's very difficult right now especially with trying to maintain a car. It can really hurt your front end. It actually causes a lot of issues when you have people swerving that may not necessarily need to swerve and that might cause problems for other drivers," said driver Ben Swestka.

Right now the Waterloo Street Department is keeping up as best it can with the potholes, using a DOT approved mixture.

"It's made according to DOT standards and we apply it to DOT standards. With the freezing, thaw cycle they will kind of come back out, so moisture can pop them back out. It's just something you gotta keep doing until the ground dries out and basically it could be somewhere into late spring," said Decker.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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