With no storms in the immediate forecast, Central Valley cities are taking advantage of the dry weather to fix up roads. The latest round of storms were the perfect recipe for potholes and other road damage. As much as it’s about an immediate fix, it’s also meant to prevent issues down the line.
One corner off of North First Street in Fresno has cars dodging the right southbound lane, due to a shallow pothole. It’s one of many on the city’s radar, after last week’s storms.
The public works department has had four extra road repair crews out recently to fix things up. Other extra staff have been on-hand as well.
“Additional staff who are out doing what we call crack sealing and patching — both from a preventive standpoint. Also, just dealing with the storm response,” public works director Scott Mozier said.
Mozier wants to assure residents the city works to get these fixed up fast, because the smallest problems can quickly escalate.
“A pothole is just a sign, a symptom of a deeper problem that the entire street is in need of repaving,” he said.
Street maintenance workers with Clovis are on a similar agenda right now, too. Crews are keeping a sharp eye, while walking down every road they can.
Street maintenance lead worker, John Pino, said crews will be doing this for at least the next week.
“We get reports of potholes, but on top of that we send the guys out just to look for them,” Pino said.
Of course, it always helps Fresno and Clovis repair crews when people report potholes and other damage. You can see below how to report information to these cities.
- Download and report the issue on the FresGo smartphone app.
- Call the city’s call center, 559-621-CITY (2489).
- Download and report the issue on the GoRequest smartphone app.
- File a complaint through their website, click here to do that.