Mason City, IA – No sooner than the snow melts, some of Iowa’s roads are quickly becoming a moonscape of potholes. Pete Hjelmstad, field services coordinator for the Iowa Department of Transportation, explains what causes those gaping holes in our roadways.
He says the D-O-T is constantly working to maintain roads, including U-S highways and the interstates.
In recent years, the agency has been doing a lot more of what are called micro-surfacing projects.
Without those crews working on potholes daily, Iowa drivers would be doing a lot more swerving — or shouting as we hit one. The average annual cost for vehicle repairs due to rough pavement is $377.