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Road crews are starting their annual battle with potholes

Mason City, IA – No sooner than the snow melts, some of Iowa’s roads are quickly becoming a moonscape of potholes. Pete Hjelmstad, field services coordinator for the Iowa Department of Transportation, explains what causes those gaping holes in our roadways.

He says the D-O-T is constantly working to maintain roads, including U-S highways and the interstates.

In recent years, the agency has been doing a lot more of what are called micro-surfacing projects.

Without those crews working on potholes daily, Iowa drivers would be doing a lot more swerving — or shouting as we hit one. The average annual cost for vehicle repairs due to rough pavement is $377.

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