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Residents urged to report potholes

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By: Kayla Bremer

After months of snow and cold temperatures, the roads are showing some wear and tear.

Crews from the city spend their day filling those pesky potholes.  It's a problem that comes every spring after a snowy and cold winter.  The freeze–thaw cycle over the past few weeks have left roads around town rocky and with large potholes, many of them causing problems for drivers.

"Bad holes in the road," Carl Reynolds of Lincoln said.  "Lots of bad holes."

The city announced they'll be doubling the number of crews working on the potholes this week.  Five teams, consisting of three to four people will be working on arterial streets and filling problem spots.  Another five teams will respond to complaints and requests sent in by residents in Lincoln.

"I think they're annoying because you could ruin your tires, your car you know," Jonie Kolarik said.  "Especially if no one's looking around and paying attention they could easily hurt their tires."

Lincoln Street Maintenance Manager Scott Opfer says the pothole problem is better this time around compared to years past.

They've received around 900 complaints, which is about half as many as last year.  Opfer says the city works to fill potholes year round, but mainly from November through spring.  He says you can help by reporting problem areas a number of different ways:

-Residents can call the Pothole Hotline at 402-441–7646.

-Call the Street Maintenance Division of Public Works and Utilities at 402-441-7701.

-Log onto the city website, (keyword: pothole) and file a complaint.

-Use your mobile phone to send a photo to the City's ACTION center.  The free application can be found in the Android Market and iTunes store (search for "Lincoln Action Center").  The message will automatically include GPS (global positioning system) information.  The city's main priority will be arterial streets, but crew's will be working on residential streets as well.

Opfer says the city's goal is to try and get to anything on arterial streets within three working days of being reported.

The city will begin major repair projects within the next week.  The N 27th Street bridge is already under construction.  Next week, areas on S 40th Street between Old Cheney and Pine Lake Road will be resurfaced.

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