Just how many potholes city crews have filled so far in 2020 isn’t known but $30,000 has already been spent in dealing with the craters which jar vehicles and drivers alike.
And so far city public works director Rob Schibli is describing this winter as an average one for pothole appearances.
“Weather variations definitely impact the timing of when they appear,” notes Schibli of the freeze/thaw cycle in which water seeping into a roadbed expands when it freezes, loosening up asphalt.
While the city may not track pothole numbers, it does track how many hours city crews spend filling them — normally 1,500 to 2,000 hours a year.
In terms of total dollars spent, city budget records show approximately $135,000 was devoted to pothole-filling in 2019.
Has your vehicle ever been damaged by a pothole in Terrace?