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Street Departments working hard to patch millions of potholes

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Monday afternoon Kyle Lubelski said, "just seems whatever roads you go on there's cracks and large potholes."

That's why he said lately if he can avoid driving he does.  "It's just like wherever you go, South Bend Mishawaka, they're there."

Lubelski said the potholes can't be avoided. "It's hard to swerve cause it takes up a huge part of the road most often."

Mishawaka Assistant Street Commissioner Alex Fisher said the potholes are a result of going from -15 degrees to 40 degrees so quickly last week.

And this is the worst pothole situation he's seen in awhile.  "It's keeping us very busy.  It's keeping two crews busy all three shifts."

Fisher said they're getting tons of phone calls about the potholes.  He said that's helpful so they know where they are but he also hopes you'll be patient.  "Have to keep in mind the pothole you may hit everyday is only one of millions that we're trying to fill," said Fisher.

His other advice while you wait?  Be careful driving.

Fisher said, "best advice is slow down and pay attention, where a pot hole wasn't yesterday you might have one today."

Todd Ostertag knows crews are working hard to fix all the potholes.  "Hats off to those individuals out there doing their best."

But as a cab driver, driving 12 hours a day, they're pretty annoying.  "It is frustrating I drive for a living and if there's damage to the automobile I'm driving I have to answer for it to my boss."

If you see a large pothole that hasn't been patched yet you can notify your local street department.  The Elkhart Street Department can be reached at 293-5518.  The number for the South Bend Bureau of Streets is 235-9244.  You can call the Mishawaka Street Department at 258-1660.

If the pothole is on an interstate, U.S. Highway, or state route you can call INDOT at 1-855-GO-INDOT.

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