Despite heavy rain, potholes haven't caused much damage

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POSTED: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 3:36pm

UPDATED: Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 9:28am

The rain showed no mercy on the roads in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The multiple downpours weathered down the condition of the streets, creating potholes and other road deterioration.

"Water gets in the...you know, the pothole, and it just softens up the sub-base and it just creates the hole," said Harlingen city engineer Javier Zamora.

And as most drivers know, these potholes are not conducive to good travel. therefore, the Public Works Departments in cities across the Lower Valley are taking strides to eliminate potholes from the roads.

"Some of the Public Works staff will be shifting gears away from ditch maintenance, storm drain maintenance, and then going to pothole remediation because water is one of the worst enemies of our streets and so we're gonna have potholes out there, we know that," said Brownsville assistant city manager Jeff Johnston. "But we're going to try to get on to those very quickly so we can smooth the roads out and get Brownsville traveling on our streets again the way they should."

Fortunately, the only damage Brownsville knows of is to the roads, not cars.

While these potholes across the Lower Valley haven't caused any significant hiccups in traffic, city workers are doing their best to fill in the holes and smooth out the roads.

"The week of 9/6...we had 116 potholes and the week of the thirteenth, 125. We try to remedy it temporarily with collagen or any other material we might have - millings, or asphalt millings or whatever's on hand," said Zamora.

"The process now is just to make sure we get potholes filled, keep doing what we're doing and get ready for the next event when it comes," said Johnston.

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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