Mayor Carter Hendricks reminds the public that Hopkinsville Public Works Street Division is hard at work proactively addressing potholes and other roadway issues caused by historic bouts of recent winter weather. Hendricks noted, “Now that we’ve braved the snow and emerged victorious, we continue the process of addressing city streets that have been affected.”
Requesting Pothole Repairs
For additional information, the public is encouraged to contact Kerri Stewart by phone at (270) 890-0600 or visit us online at www.hoptown.org/help to report any pothole or other street repair issues. Callers should be prepared to indicate the pothole location (i.e. address, intersection) and describe the severity of the problem (i.e. depth, width, number of potholes in one location).
Generally, potholes are inspected and repaired within 24-48 business hours of the time they are reported, when weather conditions and availability of pothole repair material permit.
What Causes Potholes?
Potholes develop when water seeps through cracks in the asphalt or pavement caused by normal wear and tear and then by repeated freezing and thawing temperatures. Cold temperatures cause the water to freeze and expand, weakening the pavement. The weight of traffic on the weakened pavement then breaks the asphalt, eventually leaving a hole that grows as more traffic passes over it.