Just as we emerge from the deep freeze, we encounter another problem: potholes.
They jolt our skeleton and ruin the suspension in our vehicles.
And if you think the potholes are deeper than those in years gone by, it’s not your imagination.
The sub-zero temperatures this winter apparently did more than just make us cold.
Potholes cause a number of problems, one of which is loud noise.
“When the large trucks hit the potholes, they make an extremely loud noise,” says Ray Helbling of Triadelphia. “They actually shake my house, and they keep me awake at night.”
Thomas Jones of Elm Grove says the potholes have impacted his car–and his wallet.
“I had to replace two tie rod ends on my car,” Jones noted. “That’s over $500 worth of work that had to be done on two things.”
Wheeling’s Director of Public Works Russell Jebbia says those below zero temperatures were the culprit.
“With the water getting down through the cracks and with the sub-zero temperatures causing it to freeze, the potholes we’re experiencing seem to be a lot deeper than what we had in the past,” he said.
But for every pothole you see, you see another that’s just been filled.
Cold mix is not a permanent solution, but it works for now and city crews are busy applying it.
“Sometimes we have to hit the holes two or three times, depending on how much traffic they have on them,” Jebbia said. “But the ones that do pop out, as we get closer to the summer months, we will put hot mix in.”
And if there’s a particularly bad pothole in your neighborhood or on your commute, you can call the City.
In fact, they want to hear about it.
They have crews working daily in all five sectors of Wheeling.
“And those guys really do know those areas pretty well,” Jebbia notes. “But if there are potholes out there we haven’t gotten to yet, we’d appreciate a call.”
The number to call to report the location of a pothole in Wheeling is (304) 234-3838.
In the meantime, everyone is in agreement about one thing.
“Spring,” says Thomas Jones. “Can’t wait for it to get here.”
“Spring can’t get here quick enough,” agrees Ray Helbling.