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City crews busy addressing pesky pothole problem after recent rains

BY Crystal Price
EL PASO, Texas -- The recent rainfall has taken on a toll on El Paso roadways as potholes are popping up all over the Borderland.

According to officials with the city of El Paso, the number of potholes reported in the city has gone up 70 percent from previous weeks.

"When water gets underneath the pavement, it starts getting weak underneath," said Ted Marquez, director of transportation for the City of El Paso. "Then the weight of the car breaks the pavement. So then it starts popping out."

Marquez said monsoon season is the busiest time of year for repairing potholes, and sometimes the city spends anywhere from $1,000 to $100,000 to repair the potholes.

"We've been working five days a week, trying to fill those potholes, and we will continue throughout the month because we expect to see more rain throughout the month," Marquez said.

Marquez said motorists should avoid driving through it, and most importantly, report the potholes to the city.

"We want to get them and repair them when they're small, where the vehicle won't even feel it," Marquez said. "Once they become a big hole, where a tire can go in and you lose control."

In Jasmine Lopez's lower valley neighborhood, she said you don't have to drive too far before you find a pothole in her neighborhood.

"I've noticed them even in the cold and winter, not just this kind of weather," Lopez said.

But on Tuesday, Lopez said she was glad to see city crews in her neighborhood patching up the potholes.

"I do hear a lot of people saying they need to move and start working on them," Lopez said. "So, that's nice."

To report a pothole to the City of El Paso, you can contact the transportation department by dialing 311.