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Warming weather bringing rough driving

FORT WANE, Ind. (WPTA21) — While the weather is swinging back to warmth, it will wreak havoc on the roads.

Purdue University civil engineer John Haddock says 75 percent of the continental United States is under the freezing point. This will wreak havoc on much of the 2.7 million miles of paved roads across the country.

“Freezing and thawing are part of pothole formation, so the temperature only need change between below and above freezing for the effect to work,” Haddock said. “From a pavement standpoint, it makes no difference if the temperature goes from below freezing to 35 or 40 degrees. It only matters that a thaw begins to take place.”

Hitting a pothole can cause all kinds of damage to your car. While flat tires, bent rims and vibrations are common, other issues with your vehicle can manifest themselves long after you hit the pothole and can cost you thousands of dollars to repair.

If someone spots a pothole on a Fort Wayne public street, call 311 to report it. Make sure to be as specific as possible, including giving the street address. If it is a multi-lane road, say what lane it is. For two-lane roads, say if it is the eastbound or westbound lane.

Fort Wayne Public Works reminds people the city crews will only work on potholes on public streets. They will not respond to potholes on parking lots or private drives.

Jacob Burbrink

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