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QCA Road Damages From Cold Winter Weather

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Winter weather can take its toll on our streets with the extreme temperatures, plowing and salting. Just how bad is it this year?

Right now Public Works directors in Rock Island and Davenport said they were surprised they haven't seen an up-tick in winter-related road damage, just yet. 

Even with the extreme cold we've been experiencing. They do make small, temporary repairs on potholes in the winter, but they're lucky if that last a few weeks. 

Come March, they said they'll see 5 to 6 times more complaints on potholes. But, big heaves or bumps in the road have also been popping up around QCA roads.

There are a lot on Middle Road in Bettendorf and West Central Park and East Locust in Davenport. Davenport Public Works Director Michael Clarke said they think this is caused from frozen water underneath the street surface. 

He hopes in the spring, the water will melt and the bumps will go back down. 

A driver from Milan said he's noticed that side roads and Andalusia Road by Jumer's has gotten pretty bad and need attention quick. 

"With me I have a truck so it's a little bit easier," said Austin Sikma from Milan, IL. "But small cars I mean those big holes if it jerks you just one way you're going to get thrown off the road, especially if it's icy out, you never know."

Rock Island Public Works Director Randy Tweet said the "freeze-thaw" process causes most of the winter-related road damages.

"It warms up, the snow melts water gets into the cracks, maybe small potholes over night and slowly over time as that water expands that's what creates the potholes," said Tweet. 

Rock Island alone will spend around $100,000 each year to fill in small potholes

Tweet also said their main problem is aging infrastructure, which is a constant battle in many cities. He said they have 50 year old roads that were made to last 40 years. 

Both Public Works Departments encourage people to call whenever you see a pothole that needs attention.


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