Norfolk Street Division explains steps for road repairs after snowstorms
NORFOLK, Neb. -- The state of Nebraska has recently entered the final days of a severe snowstorm which left many roads unsafe or undrivable.
The Norfolk Street Division's Street Manager, Will Elwell, said although it may be hard to locate some structural damage instantly after a storm, the division still holds a meeting to assess what can be fixed or changed.
"After the storm has passed we like to host a post-snowstorm meeting to see what we can do differently from the previous storm," Elwell said. "Then as far as the roads, we start checking for potholes. We have a fair amount of those after every storm so we get that back into place, and start going over equipment and making sure we're ready for the next one."
It is crucial for crews to get the snow off of the roads as soon as possible so water can runoff into storm drains instead of seeping into the cracks of the roads and causing more potholes.
Although potholes are typical after snowstorms, the amount of rain before can cause bigger damage to the roads due to its freeze-thaw cycle.
"As in the roads themselves and potholes, getting the rain ahead of a storm that type moisture in the freeze-thaw," Elwell said. "We've noticed that a lot, especially with this last storm we had. We had a fair amount of rain first and that moisture gets into those holes and then it freezes and then that thaw cycle makes them pop out. So, throughout the city, you've seen several big potholes that makes it worse than if it was just a regular snowstorm."
Depending on the amount of snow accumulated, crews can spend one to two nights loading out snow piles.
Elwell urges drivers to use caution and be aware of the crews out working as they try to restore the roads in a timely manner.