Say hi to Texas' pothole fixin' season
A handy City of Austin map that shows which streets are getting maintenance.
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Say hi to Texas' pothole fixin' season

Winter freezes and spring rainfalls make April through October the perfect time for plugging those pesky potholes.

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Introduction

No one likes a spilled Whataburger Dr Pepper in the car. Thanks to those pesky potholes, though, it's a common occurrence (guilty 🤚).

You might gripe about the city’s street maintenance, but the real culprit is our wild Texas weather.

Did you know road cracks, buckled pavement and potholes regularly form in the spring months? Thanks to Austin’s warmest year on record in 2023, a milder and wetter winter than normal and significant temperature swings, the city’s pavement has taken a severe beating. 

During Austin’s typical freezes, like the one we had in January, water seeps into the cracks in the road only to freeze and expand when temperatures drop below 32 degrees, putting tension on the asphalt.

The following day, when the sun comes out, the ice melts, and the pavement and asphalt contract, leaving gaps and massive holes in the road where the water can get trapped. If the water freezes and thaws over and over, the pavement will weaken and crack.

In the spring, with additional rain, the cracks over time can grow into potholes that can cause serious damage to your vehicle.  

So the city of Austin's Transportation and Public Works Department plans road maintenance every year from April to October.

One treatment they perform is called sealcoating, which is like brushing your teeth or changing your car's oil. That kind of protective coating helps prevent the pavement from deteriorating and helps the roads last longer.

And subsequently results in fewer spilled Dr Peppers in your car. #Winning