2C FAQ: Why do we still have potholes?

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There’s no question 2C paving has improved the condition of roads citywide, paving nearly 850 lane miles of roadway since 2016.  Even with these historic improvements, potholes will continue to be a reality in our climate.

Like many parts of the country, the Pikes Peak Region experiences “freeze-thaw cycles” and drastic temperature swings on a near daily basis during the winter, and a good portion of fall and spring. All that expanding and contracting of liquid (from rain or snow) in the pavement, combined with the weight and stress of traffic on the roadway, forms potholes.

The good news is very few potholes have been filled on 2C-paved streets. Actually, close to zero. And, on streets yet to be paved by 2C, crews are making a lot of progress addressing potholes with a variety of tools and techniques.

In 2019 alone, our hardworking maintenance and operations staff have filled more than 98,500 potholes, to date. If that sounds like a lot of potholes, it is! It’s actually a City record, and a side benefit of 2C.  While 2C funds don’t directly address filling potholes, having dedicated funding for paving frees up funding for other types of preventive roadway maintenance, like filling potholes on streets yet to be repaved.

While filling potholes is a temporary fix used to make roads suitable for travel and safe for residents, addressing nearly 100,000 potholes this year combined with historic repaving efforts is providing a safer, smoother drive citywide.

GoCOS! App lets you report potholes

There are approximately 6,000 lane miles of roadway in Colorado Springs. That’s enough to stretch from here to Rome, Italy. Crews proactively go out and fill potholes, but with so many roads to cover, we still need your help! Report potholes or other street maintenance needs by:

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