AUSTIN (KXAN) — You know it when you hit it: potholes. As the rain continues to fall, potholes will continue to be a problem on roadways and freeways.
Cars have taken a beating: popping tires, damaging suspension and potentially costly repairs.
The potholes aren’t only on city roads, I-35 has a number of big dents in the asphalt. The Texas Department of Transportation said once a pothole is reported, they send a message to TxDOT’s maintenance contractor. The contractors are required to fix a pothole in an hour, but if it’s on a main lane, like the middle of I-35, it will be repaired at night since crews have to close lanes.
A spokesperson for TxDOT said while rain does impact the roadway, the age of the asphalt is also another factor. Crews use a semi-permanent material to fix the roads.
On average, contractors fix about 100 potholes a month. TxDOT said it’s working on getting KXAN specific information about the number of potholes in the last month and if there has been an increase due to all the rain between Onion Creek and Cesar Chavez.
“While the weather can create challenges, our contractor is still responsible for fixing the potholes with a semi-permanent material once they’re reported,” said Kelli Reyna, a spokesperson for TxDOT. “A permanent repair of the asphalt is then to be scheduled to take place within 30 days. At this time, ISI has scheduled these permanent repairs for early July.”
There are several bumpy spots in the middle lane between Ben White Boulevard and Cesar Chavez. Reyna said Infrastructure Services Inc, TxDOT’s contractor has gone out to look at the area to determine if new potholes have formed.
She said they’ve only received three complaints about potholes in the area in the last month. Reyna said they’re waiting for more data from other offices to see if there are other complaints.
Austin Public Works Department said it’s repaired 2,126 potholes this year, compared to the 1,200 last year.
Since May 19, City of Austin’s 3-1-1 has received 570 calls about pothole complaints. The same time frame last year? 138 pothole complaints.