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Pothole-pocked Sterling street may get repairs this month

Published: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 3:19 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 10:20 p.m. CDT
(Michael Krabbenhoeft/
A car drives around a pothole near the intersection of East Fourth Street and Seventeenth Avenue in Sterling on Monday afternoon. An official with the state Department of Transportation said the problem might be addressed this month, despite the fact that the same crews that would take care of it have been inundated with snow removal.

STERLING – Winter has taken a toll on area roads. One of the more notable local examples is Fourth Street in Sterling.

A portion of that street – just west of East Lincolnway – is riddled with potholes, causing drivers to occasionally swerve and avoid them. 

When will the problems get taken care of?

"When the temperature gets above 32 and the pavement isn't frozen, we'll fill the potholes," said John Wegmeyer, a project implementation engineer with the state Department of Transportation.

The DOT maintains East Lincolnway and Third and Fourth streets, which make up state Route 2. 

The state, Wegmeyer said, might get to the pothole-pocked part of Fourth Street this month. 

"As long as we're not out there plowing snow, we can do potholes. The same crew who clears the snow does the potholes," he said. "When it starts raining, you get that moisture in the roads that freezes and then thaws every day. What roads are looking bad now could be among the best roads 6 weeks from now."

In 2011, East Lincolnway in front of the mall resembled the small portion of the pothole-riddled part of Fourth Street. 

In that case, an already-planned resurfacing project took care of the problem later that year.

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