Drivers Struggling with Pot Hole Problems in Wausau

By: Ali Ingersoll Email
By: Ali Ingersoll Email

When the snow starts melting away, pot holes start appearing.

"Pot holes are formed mostly by moisture and also the freeze-thaw cycle," says Rob Andringa, the street supervisor for the City of Wausau.

Some drivers are even complaining about the road conditions.

"The roads are definitely rough," says Ken Petrowski from Knowlton. "Even traveling down some of the less traveled roads is like going down a washboard."

Wausau Public Works is trying to get ahead of the problem before it gets worse.

"I would say in the spring we're going to have an ongoing problem," says Andringa.

His crew is patching up the pot holes as they appear.

"It's a temporary patch we're putting in now. It's more temporary because it's not something that gets as hard as blacktop."

While the Public Works employees don't keep a record of how many pot holes the city has every year, they do think it hasn't been too bad this year.

"I couldn't make that guess about how many holes we have," says Andringa. "I don't believe this year has been real bad because the fact it's been frozen for most the time. Because of our cold that we've had so we havent had the water aspect of it."

To report a large pot hole, you can call Wausau Public Works at (715)261-6960 and, when prompted, dial extention 2.

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