Heavy rainfall opens potholes across the Tampa Bay area

Crews busy filling potholes

TAMPA - Heavy downpours across the Bay area have left a treacherous problem for drivers.  The rain is causing potholes to open.

City of Tampa asphalt crews are busy filling them in.  They say the busiest time of year is the rainy season, from May to October.  Their workload increases by more than 50%. They patch 8,000 potholes in a few months.

Irvin Lee is the City's Public Works Director.  "Water is the enemy of our asphalt. The expansion of the compacted layer is underneath the asphalt, which allows that pothole to form."

Patty Scrivener has lived in South Seminole Heights for 26 years and says she has to slow down when she drives to and from her home.  "Some of these potholes can get quite deep."

So out of good faith, she lets her neighbors know they're there. Scrivener said, "Usually when we see them, we kind of mark them with some paint so everybody's aware of them. There's a lot of bike riders around the neighborhood. A lot of joggers."

When the City of Tampa gets customer complaints, crews try to respond within 24 hours. It spends about $2,000,000 on potholes and other minor street repairs. Crews say their workload should slow down in October.

If you have traffic concerns or problems on your street you can contact the City of Tampa Public Works Department at (813) 274-3101.

You can also let us know what's going on in your neighborhood. Just send an email to newstips@wfts.com .

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