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City crews work to repair roads before brutal temperatures return


UPDATE: Eau Claire Street Maintenance workers spent Tuesday patching rough spots on the roads before more cold and snow plagues the area.

City employees told News 18 they use a spray patch, and that works best when it is above 30 degrees. So, they are trying to get it done now.

Workers said it is important to fill holes and cracks now instead of waiting until spring. Otherwise, the damage could be much worse. 

January 8, 2017
Eau Claire (WQOW)-
The sun is starting to come out, but that means so are the potholes. The Eau Claire County Highway Department is already getting ready for pothole patrol.

Officials with the Eau Claire County Highway Department said the drastic temperature changes can be devastating to the roads. With all the moisture, fixing potholes can be a losing battle in the middle of winter. There are a few measures the county can take, though, like spraying rocks and oil in the holes rather than patching them.

On Monday, Jon Johnson, Eau Claire County highway commissioner, said crews are finishing up clearing the roads. On Tuesday, the department hopes to start patching some of the potholes ahead of the next wave of snow and cold.

"When it was really cold like that, there wasn't much we could do," Johnson said. "This weather does help where we can try and get the roads bared up again, for a lot less cost as well, and do as much as we can to get the roads back to that pavement. So it is helpful, and it is interesting because you get a break like this where, in the past we could have put a lot of salt down just to bare that road up where it would have iced again. Now we got some good weather where we can get the roads back in decent shape."

County officials said if you see a pothole, report it. That can be done by email or by contacting the highway department.

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