Pothole Patrol: Sioux City Fills Them Quick

(SIOUX CITY, IA) A big hole that opened up on Villa Avenue yesterday has a few Sioux Citians worried about the safety of their street.

Any hole or bump in the street can be dangerous. But do we have to worry about sinkholes now?

"A car could have gone right through there," says Charles Keleher, who lives just up Villa Avenue.

This giant hole is enough to scare anyone especially when you drive down Villa Avenue everyday like Charles Keleher.

"You watch out for the repair work but you'd hit this. I hit it one time, and after that we slowed down and looked and saw that it was starting to go in. I just figured it was normal until it got real big," he says.

This crevice in the road eventually expanded to take out half the street. It's not A sink hole. It happened because a stubborn water main kept breaking and wiped out the soil underneath.

"A bus came across that and that was the final blow that did the street in. So, the bus didn't get stuck," says Keleher.

A sink hole is a natural reservoir that forms underneath the ground - a scary problem the city says we don't have to worry about.

"The rock formation underneath our soil does not allow for that to happen," says Brian Fahrendholz, Sioux City Field Services Manager.

Potholes, on the other hand, are a problem.

"Typically potholes are caused by cracks in the pavement that then between the frost and the thawing process it just continuously breaks up the concrete," says Fahrendholz.

Forming a hole in the ground. City crews work around the clock to get these potholes filled. First crews prep the holes then they fill them. It only takes a few minutes.

Sioux City makes its own asphalt which speeds up the process.

"We're kind of a rarity anywhere in the Midwest. We have a city own asphalt plant. We provide that to the state of Iowa occasionally Woodbury County and other local entities," says Fahrendholz.

Yesterday we asked you to tell us where the potholes could be found. We visited 5 of those areas today and four of them have already been filled.
Potholes get filled on a priority system similar to what's used during the winter for a snow emergency. The busiest and most important streets get filled first.

If you've seen a pothole, you can bet the City wants to fill it. Contact the Public works department

or Contact Field Services:

1723 18th St
Sioux City, IA 51105
Ph 712-279-6886
Fax 712-279-6412