Throughout the winter of 2012-13, the weather has acted a bit bipolar. One day it’s 60 degrees with rain, and the next it’s arid and below zero. The freezing and thawing offers a brief respite from winter’s chill, but the thermodynamics also wreck havoc on the roadways.
As water freezes and thaws beneath roadways, it creates weaknesses in the pavement that eventually give away and form potholes. Yes, those nasty obstacles that can mangle the rims or suspension on a vehicle driven by an unsuspecting driver.
In an effort to give you a heads up, Patch is working in collaboration with readers to identify the roads where these menaces are starting to show up.
According to Public Works Director Arlyn Johnson, the village does not track specific potholes or the number of potholes that have been patched. However, Johnson said they do routinely monitor specific roadways for repairs. Those corridors include:
- Appleton Avenue
- Main Street
- Menomonee Avenue from Town Hall Road to Lilly Road
- Lilly Road from Good Hope Road to Silver Spring Drive
- Christman Road from Main Street to Princeway Drive
- Megal Drive from Water Street to Pilgrim Road
- Roosevelt Drive from Pilgrim Road to Shady Lane
"So far, we haven’t had significant increases in our pothole patching work in comparison to previous seasons, but it’s something we will continue to monitor," Johnson said.
However, some of those roads monitored for routine maintenance are the same roads identified by Patch readers as trouble spots. Several readers cited Menomonee Avenue as the top road in need of repair. Megal Drive and Fond Du Lac Avenue were also notable spots to keep a sharp eye out.
“Menomonee Avenue right off of Town Hall Road by the funeral home there's a real bad one,” said Eric Groth on the Patch Facebook page. “They patch it weekly it seems, but never helps.”
We've found a few of Falls’ worst but know there are more out there. Help yourself and your fellow citizens avoid them by checking out our map, then suggesting others.
Provide an address of where you find the pothole and we'll add it to the map, and also check in periodically to see if it's been patched. You can also add your own photo or video to this post by clicking "Upload Photos and Videos."