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Potholes

To report potholes, please call the Public Works Department at 651-747-3941 or send an email to mpowers@lakeelmo.org.

Potholes are created in a number of ways. The most common cause is the freeze/thaw cycle which is why potholes seem to be most evident in the early spring months. The ice/snow melts during the day filling cracks with water. At night the water freezes and expands, popping out the asphalt. Potholes also occur from the vibration of everyday traffic. As the pavement surface ages and weakens the traffic vibration from each car, bus, and truck work the pavement surface loose until it pops out. A saturated subgrade below the pavement along with water seepage into the pavement surface cracks all contribute an accelerate the failure process.

Potholes and other roadway failures are repaired by the Public Works Department in order of priority. The goal is to evaluate all potholes within 24 hours of being notified. If determined to be a hazard, repair will be addressed immediately. The problem is corrected initially by installing a temporary patching material. Then areas needing further repair are prioritized by size, number and street traffic volume to see if more extensive roadway repairs are warranted. More information regarding larger projects such as reconstruction, mill and overlay or the annual crack sealing and sealcoating projects may be found by reviewing the Street Capital Improvement Plan.