Anchorage road crews busy with pothole season in full force

Pothole on Reeve Blvd in Anchorage.
Pothole on Reeve Blvd in Anchorage.(Courtesy Jay Kim)
Published: Apr. 1, 2021 at 5:58 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Those driving on Alaska roads lately will have likely encountered at least one pothole.

They’re pesky, painful and problematic, causing a lot of frustration and hazards for drivers.

Shannon McCarthy with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities said potholes are caused by freeze-thaw cycles in the roads.

“As that water gets down and then it freezes overnight, and then it melts in the day, it just busts apart the pavement,” McCarthy said.

Road crews have been responding to several pothole locations around Anchorage, and they have a lot of work ahead of them.

Last year, pothole repairs cost $135,435 for Anchorage roads maintained by the state, according to McCarthy. This year, the cost is expected to rise.

“We have used about twice as much hot mix this winter as in years past, so it’s been a very, very bad winter for potholes,” McCarthy said.

Alaska drivers know to look out for potholes this time of year, but sometimes completely avoiding them is impossible. If someone has to drive over a pothole, the advice is to take it slow.

It might save a driver a lot of money, and a trip to the tire shop.

“Slow down, because of course if you run over a pothole that has a jagged edge at a high rate of speed, the chances of causing tire or rim damage increases,” McCarthy said.

To report a pothole to Muni Street Maintenance, call the pothole hotline at 907-343-MEND (6363), or send an email to The Anchorage Police Department is asking drivers to not call dispatch to report potholes.

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