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The rise and fall in temperatures following last week's severe winter weather was the main ingredient that caused potholes to form quickly.
Matt Deitchley INDOT Northwest District says, potholes begin when water seeps into the cracks in a road and freezes, expanding the layers of pavement, stone and soil beneath the surface. As the ice melts and contracts, heavy highway traffic further loosens the road surface, forming potholes.
Deitchley says the 50 degree temperature difference only exaggerated the process forming even more potholes in a shorter amount of time.
He says that INDOT understands the frustration of drivers and adds that crews, "have 5,000 lane miles to cover in the Northwest Indiana District and (crews) are still working weekends and nights."
Meanwhile Deitchley reminds drivers to take it as, "slow as possible and to stay as alert as possible." If you do see a pothole developing you can call 1-855-GO-INDOT.
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