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With a break in snow, Peoria road crews tackle potholes

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PEORIA (WEEK) - After receiving plenty of snow this week, the roads are finally starting to clear, revealing the damage the winter storms left behind.

"A lot of it has to do with the freeze and thaw cycle, so basically as the snow melts it gets down underneath the pavement," said the City of Peoria's Public Works Department Communications Director, Alex Williams. "Then when we get a cold freeze, it freezes and it basically causes a buckle in the roads creating potholes."

Friday, the City of Peoria's Public Works Department focused their efforts on repairing potholes.

They spent their time on University Street and North Allen Road.

Williams said they filled more than 100 potholes Friday and are also working on making salt in preparation for the next snow storm.

"It's absolutely essential that we just get out and fill these potholes to keep drivers safe, but also just to keep the damage at bay," said Williams. "If we are not filling potholes, then there's a potential for those to grow even greater and then the actual condition of the road could worsen and require more work on the back end."

Williams said they are focusing on the roads with high traffic and have more than 400 lane miles to monitor.

If you have road damage near you, you can report it here.

Andie Bernhardt

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