Highway department preparing for potholes

With a forecast full of freezing temperatures, there's a possibility of potholes. The Tippecanoe County Highway Department is preparing for damage that could last beyond the ice and snow itself.

Posted: Jan. 11, 2018 11:55 PM
Updated: Jan. 12, 2018 10:42 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — With a forecast full of freezing temperatures, there's a possibility of potholes. The Tippecanoe County Highway Department is preparing for damage that could last beyond the ice and snow itself.

"I haven't really noticed that much this year," said Heather Funkhouser, a driver.

"I haven't been bothered by any, really," said Kevin Sullivan, another driver.

These drivers say potholes haven't really been a problem for them this winter. However, that could soon change.


"After this freeze, the warmup and then the freeze, I'm sure we're going to have a lot of bad ones," said Funkhouser.

The Tippecanoe County Highway Department is preparing for a lot of bad ones. Executive Director Stewart Kline said crews have been working hard.

"We're crack sealing, we're surface sealing, we're chip sealing, we're resurfacing to avoid that -- those pothole situations," said Kline.

Kline said the problems start when warmer temperatures, like the ones we've been experiencing, turn back to freezing.

"What we'll do is react to that. We have crews available once the potholes show themselves after the next thaw," said Kline.

Kline said the department depends on the public to let them know where to find many of the potholes.

"It can happen dramatically and quickly that you start getting some very bad potholes, so yes. We're out there, we're working, but we're not seeing the whole 800 plus miles of road at one time," explained Kline.

The drivers News 18 talked to said they will be on the lookout to hopefully avoid potholes.

"You just kind of deal with it or change lanes or get around on it," said Sullivan.

"I'll go out of my way so that I don't have to drive over them. I have a low to the ground car, so I definitely don't want to hit any potholes," said Funkhouser.

To report a pothole in the county, click here.

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