Pothole problems, repairs continue over summer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis drivers are continuing to deal with potholes this summer, even though it’s a slower season for the  city.

“My experience being a driver in Memphis is terrible,” said Lea O’Hara.

O’Hara said potholes have created problems for her car over the years.

The city’s Public Works Department said just like any other time, there are four crews working on nothing but filling potholes.

However, the city said the summer is only half as bad as the winter.

That’s because asphalt and repair materials cannot be made or distributed when the ground is too cold.

Some cities tend to get busier with pothole repairs in the summer, because the materials are more cooperative in warm weather.

The city said it sometimes requires extra crews to repair potholes in the spring, but by summer, the city has caught up.

Public Works employees report fixing about 3,000 potholes in July, and around the same number in June.

“Our goal is to minimize that, you know, to improve the ride quality as best we can,” said Robert Knecht with Public Works.

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