Reported By Nancy Amons
Its a predictable cause and effect: winter storms are followed by those rim-wrecking, eyeball jarring potholes.
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Several times, especially here by White Bridge Road, youll hit a pothole and feel like youre going all over the place, said April Bond, who said she drives the interstates frequently to visit her family.
With this winters cold weather, snowplow blades and salt and brine, the older roads especially are taking a beating.
Metro's Public Works Department has been getting an average of three pothole complaints a day since Jan.1.
"The water, the infiltration of the water, the freeze-thaw cycle, all of that helps to break down your asphalt binder," said Donald Reid, paving manager for Metro Public Works.
Road crews took advantage of the sunny Thursday to patch some of the damaged roads. It uses cold-mix asphalt to fill in the holes. Cold mix doesn't last as long as hot-mix asphalt, but it's all Metro can get until the asphalt plants reopen.
You might think 2011 will be a record-setting year for potholes, but it would be hard for Metro to top last year.
In the first six months of 2010, Metro logged 719 pothole complaints -- nearly three times as many as during the same period in 2009.
Nashville was hit hard by winter storms in January and February of 2010, then came the floods. Metro still hasn't caught up making those repairs.
"Out of about 280 flood-damaged locations, with sinkholes, subsurface failures and potholes, we fixed about a third of that. We still have more flood-damaged locations to repair," Reid said.
Reid said Metro has the money to fix those flood-damaged roads, but again, it has to wait for the hot asphalt.
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