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Holey Problems in the QCA


While it's a little early for April showers to bring May flowers - it's ripe time for the lesser know:

"February snow and March sun bring potholes."

Public works departments around the QCA know this one all to well as they have been out in droves to fill the ever growing number of holes popping up. 

In Davenport alone - they have filled over 13,000 holes in the first 11 days of March. 

It can be tough to keep up with but crews are doing their best. 

"We've been out here since 7 this morning," says Davenport Heavy Machine Operator, Rick MaCanich. "It's just a game of trying to keep up with what's out there. Keep the traffic safe and do the best we can."

With hundreds of holes on the work order - crews need to work quickly to make the roads safe everywhere in the city.

For Macanich and his crew - it's all about efficiency. 

"We gotta sweep em' all out. Clean them all out. Then we gotta add this cold mix to it which has a little bit of heat in it to make it pliable so we can fill our hole and make it look like the street."

Most sites are done within 15 minutes.

But with the heavy work load - Davenport has had to take extra steps to make sure the cities streets make it until spring. 

Right now we have seven trucks out just doing what I call search and destroy pothole repair," Says Davenport CIP, Steve Russell. "We have crews out searching for them on all the main routes right now. Plus all the ones that are called in. We have a crew that's just responsible for tracking down the ones that are called in."

It's a thankless job for the workers. only getting recognized when something isn't right or a hole hasn't been done yet. 

But - MaCanich believes the best thing he can do - is simply work quickly and get the job done right.

"The people like it a lot better once we get them full. Sometimes they (drivers) don't have the full amount of patience we would like them to have but we get the job done for them... And then move onto the next one which is usually not far away."

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