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CR Pothole Problems

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - Who needs Sochi when you have Cedar Rapids?

"It was like the Olympic ski jump, only it was the Olympic pothole jump," says driver John Fields.

Based on the what we've heard from you, getting around the city has been an Olympian task.

"I hit a really good one on my way to Garfield elementary, and I thought I was gonna lose my front end," says driver Khrystle Sullivan.

On Facebook, many of you have sounded off about some of the major trouble spots - places like 42nd street.

Many streets across the city are so bad, body shops we spoke to say they've seen double the amount of customers this year - many of those people with front end and tire damage.

Cedar Rapids road crews are providing the remedy by the truckload. 2 crews of 12 men and women are pouring almost 30 tons of road patch material per day.

However, with the winter we're having, it's been no easy task. The days of freezing - then melting - then freezing - aren't helping.

"If you go up to Minnesota, far north, once it turns cold, it stays cold," said Craig Hanson with Cedar Rapids Public Works. "Here, you get a cycle, and once you get a cycle it causes damage."

They are attempting to prevent the issues in the future by using a different patch than normal. The city says it's a high quality, hot mixture that is more useful than the conventional cold mix.

The high quality mix costs the city more, but it's worth the payoff says Hanson.

"That stuff will last 3 to 5 years," he says. "It fills the hole better and lasts longer."

There's no time table on all these repairs. The city is on Mother Nature's watch, as more storms this week will halt operations.

It's left corridor residents patiently...anxious.

"I'm sure they're doing as much as they can to get them filled as fast as they can," Fields says. "Just wish it was sooner."

Hanson says if you need street crews to head to your area to fix a patch, you can contact them at 286-5802, or email them at street@cedar-rapids.org

 
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