Potholes pop up all over Billings (MTN News/Paul Humphrey Photo)
BILLINGS - The warm temperatures are a welcome change after a long winter, but the recent thaw is now revealing the havoc winter has wreaked on Billings roads.
Hundreds of potholes are now causing problems for drivers all over the Billings area.
"We have three crews out right now patching potholes,” said Dave Mumford, the Billings public works director. “They were out over the weekend too. There is a lot of potholes this year with the amount of snow we had and the cold that stayed."
Mumford said even though it is a particularly bad year for potholes, the residential plowing this year kept it from being worse by getting the majority of the snow off the roads.
Despite the amount of snow, Mumford said the department did not go over its budget this winter, so Billings is in good shape going into spring and summer.
Unfortunately, patching the potholes isn’t a simple process. Since there is still so much water on the roads, and it isn’t consistently warm yet, the asphalt crews use to fill the potholes is temporary. Mumford said it will work to patch the potholes, but crews will have to remove it and replace it with something permanent later in the season.
“If you see a big one, something you think we definitely need to get to give us a call ,” said Mumford. “We will get out there and get them patched."
When not responding to a call, Mumford said the crews are driving around the city looking for potholes to fill.
And if you're wondering why heavy snow leads to pockmarked streets, here's Q2 meteorologist Bob McGuire with the explainer: