Despite the fluctuating temperatures of recent weeks, Omaha officials said this year’s pothole count is lower compared to last winter.
The public reported 173 potholes in January and 113 in February as of Tuesday, said Austin Rowser, assistant street maintenance engineer for the Omaha Public Works Department.
In 2013, the city received reports of 186 potholes in January and 151 around this time last February.
The freeze-thaw cycle allows water to settle in voids of the pavement, Rowser said. Low overnight temperatures can refreeze that water and as it expands, potholes are created.
Rowser said while there always are problem areas — namely streets with older pavement — the relatively dry winter has meant fewer potholes overall.