Spokane County remains in a freeze-thaw cycle for the next week with overnight lows dipping below freezing and afternoon highs that feel like a whisper of spring. Crews in all four road districts continue to apply sand and deicer to trouble spots (hills, curves, bridges), while also making progress on other road maintenance projects. For example, crews are using the current dry weather pattern to work on patching potholes that have developed. Potholes form when water seeps into the asphalt and then freezes. The ice weakens the substructure and damages the asphalt. The result is a pothole - a common problem in states that experience snow and freezing rain, that are followed by a periodic burst of warmer temperatures and a quick thaw. In addition, during the snow storms and freezing rain that covered the county, some ditches and culverts became plugged with chunks of compact snow/ice and in some cases even tree branches. Don't be surprised if you see crews patching potholes and clearing ditches/culverts of debris next week (January 24-28, 2022).
To report a pothole, go to Pothole Repair and fill out the report form - or - call our Pothole Hotline at (509) 477-2457 during regular business hours.