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Spring storm could bring more potholes

MADISON (WKOW) — Although it’s technically spring, one look outside and you wouldn’t know it. Snow is blanketed thinly across areas of southern Wisconsin. Mix that with freezing rain, sleet and thunderstorms through Thursday and some officials say it could lead to more potholes on the roads.

“Mother Nature be good to us,” said Stephen Schultz as he chuckled.

Schultz is the assistant superintendent of the Madison Streets Division. He said although the city hasn’t sent salt or plow trucks out, they’re prepared if they have to.

“We have warm road temps and I don’t think it’s anything to worry about,” Schultz said. “We’re monitoring road conditions as we speak and if for some reason roads go south, meaning we get icy conditions, we’ll deploy 32 trucks as needed.”

Although the late winter storm didn’t have much of an impact on Madison roads on Wednesday, Schultz said there could be lingering impacts over the next couple of days when you factor in all the weather.

“Weather like today, because of all the moisture, and we’re going to get quite a bit of rain it sounds like, potholes are going to open up again,” he explained.

27 News brought you several pothole patrol reports in March as road conditions deteriorated around the region.

The winter-like weather means the thousands of potholes that Schultz said have been filled with temporary mixtures, are no match for Mother Nature’s curveball.

“Especially when you start getting this rain — the mix is going to get washed out and it doesn’t matter where you are, it’s going to happen,” Schultz concluded.

Although it looks like winter, the Streets Division is in full spring mode. Its main focus is on cleaning the streets of salt and sand from the past several months, according to Schultz.

Even with the snow on the ground and the wet conditions, he said eight sweeping crews will be out doing their spring job.

Hunter Sáenz

Reporter, WKOW

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