Melting Snow Could Lead To New Potholes

Brace yourself for the coming of some new potholes. Van Buren County Road Commission Engineer Manager Larry Hummel tells WSJM News when the snow melts, his crews can always expect to find new things to be patched.

“It freezes from the top down, and it also thaws from the top down,” Hummel said. “So, usually that pothole problem that we get in those road conditions, it’s kind of like when we’re in the spring thaw conditions and we put out our road restrictions around Michigan. It’s the same kind of thing when we get up to these temperatures where it stays above freezing for a couple days.”

Hummel says road crews this week are scraping the last snow off of road surfaces, and then they’ll work to patch the new potholes before the next snowfall. He asks drivers to give the crews a break.