Pothole repairs underway in Dallas and surrounding counties
DALLAS DISTRICT – Months of rain and heat, then snow, ice and freezing temperatures have caused a number of potholes on both asphalt and concrete roads and bridges throughout the area.
The Texas Department of Transportation has been repairing potholes all season as weather has permitted and started back at it as soon as this last snow storm subsided this weekend. Crews at every maintenance section in the Dallas District; Denton County, Collin County, East Dallas, West Dallas, Grand Prairie, Hutchins, Rockwall County, Kaufman County, Navarro County, Ellis County as well as district wide contract crews are out filling in the holes and repairing edges of the pavement that have eroded due to extreme weather conditions. Maintenance personnel estimate there are thousands of potholes throughout the district with more than 100 counted on I-35E alone.
The department tries to minimize inconvenience to the traveling public by conducting lane closures at night whenever possible. Areas of highest priority are Interstates and U.S. Highways. Contract crews began patching holes on I-35 through Oak Cliff this weekend and will continue tonight to work on I-35 southbound between I-635 and Loop 12 from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday morning.
“We are patching as fast as we can and if we can get them patched before rain comes again we’ll be in good shape,” said James Godwin, Dallas District Maintenance Administrator.
Potholes that have been repaired often come loose again when moisture seeps into them. Temperature fluctuations cause water to freeze and expand, then melt and contract, loosening the patch. Heavy truck traffic jars the pavement loose, causing the need for repetitive repairs.
TxDOT recommends that drivers use caution, drive at slower speeds and be aware that these roadway conditions exist all over the Metroplex.
Because of the fast succession of storms, these pothole repairs are temporary until weather stabilizes for an extended period of time when permanent repairs, such as milling and overlay, can be done. Budgetary impacts of the numerous recent winter weather events, along with subsequent impacts like potholes, are being examined which will likely exceed tens of thousands of dollars. Permanent repairs will be even more costly and will have to be carefully monitored with our increasingly strained state maintenance budget.