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Temperature swings causing potholes around Milwaukee area

A near 75 degree temperature difference is causing potholes around the Milwaukee area.
Posted at 1:21 PM, Feb 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-04 14:23:06-05

MILWAUKEE — In a matter of a few days, the temperature has jumped nearly 75 degrees, and it's having an effect on already-damaged streets.

At General Mitchell International Airport, they had to repair part of a runway. There were no delays, but it proves to be a microcosm of what drivers have to deal with daily.

"It's worse than most places I can think of," Jeff Davis of Milwaukee said. "They're every few hundred yards apart or half a mile or whatever,"

"I hate them," Thomas Freimund of West Allis said. "Terrible. It's rough. 60th Street has to be rebuilt."

Freimund has fallen victim to the pothole problem. Last year, he says a pothole cracked his rim.

"Lost a wheel last year," Freimund said. "Just cracked. Bang."

"The roads took quite a beating," said Mike Gappa, the owner of Dave's Garage Inc. "I think they'll be terrible with this freezing weather."

Gappa says he's already seen some vehicles coming in for pothole damage. He expects this to be the worst pothole season he's seen in years.

"The roads took quite a beating. I think they'll be terrible with this freezing weather." — Mike Gappa, owner of Dave's Garage Inc.

"We'll see a lot more repairs come in next week," Gappa said. "Even the small potholes will make a big effect on a car's front end."

In Milwaukee, you can report potholes to the city at 414-286-CITY (2489) or you can report them online here.