Omaha drivers have concerns about potholes after heavy snowfall

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Hidden under the snow-covered streets, the potholes shake many Omaha drivers.

City officials say they fought the pothole battle all year round and the wet roads caused by the snow are not helping at all.

The Omaha City crews never stop filling potholes. They’re even outside today, temporarily throwing cold material in to make the streets safer.

Todd Pfitzer, Omaha’s city engineer, said, “At this time of year our hands are a little tied until we get the hot spot, the hot asphalt, but we’re out there because the holes are starting to show. ”

Many drivers don’t even see some of the big ones coming. Some of the potholes are hidden under pools of water.

The monster crater in the back alleys as you head south on Saddlecreek near the Durham Center of Nebraska Medicine was hiding under the melted snow that poured onto the road.

Joe Savoie was one of many drivers who couldn’t avoid the deep pothole. Joe hit the pothole so hard he had to stop and check his tires.

“Oh man, I wasn’t expecting it. I saw the puddle of water and knew to bypass it, but I didn’t see what was in the other lane or anything so I just hit it. It was big, I was worried about my rims, ”said Joe.

City officials say wet roads add to the problems that are slowing pothole repair. They said the Omaha voters helped resolve the problem last year by voting on the five-year $ 200 million transportation bond, which provides long-term funding for city streets revitalization and repair .

“The bond issue is over. We’ve already spent $ 20, 30 million on improving the roads from a year ago with this loan amount. The best we can do for potholes is to fix the roads and we got off to a good start there thanks to the taxpayer’s decision, ”said Pfitzer.

It will take some time to properly repair the city streets but city officials share 6 news that better days are on the streets.

“As the mayor indicated, this didn’t happen overnight, we didn’t stay behind overnight, and we won’t get out overnight, but this bond issue money will undoubtedly make a big difference on our roads.” said Pfitzer.

The 6 News Crew reported about this huge pothole on Saddlecreek Road into town.

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