Roads keep city crews busy

Road collapses and potholes are keeping city crews busy this winter.
Road collapses and potholes are keeping city crews busy this winter.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  While some city crews work to repair a water main break near a major artery to downtown Fort Wayne, others work on collapsed roads, like the one pictured near Sherman Boulevard and Putnam Street.

Drastic changed in temperature can cause roadways to expand and contract, causing potholes and in some cases, sinkholes and collapsed roads.

Crews said they were stretched a bit thin due to various water main breaks throughout the city.
Crews said they were stretched a bit thin due to various water main breaks throughout the city.

City crews at Sherman and Putnam told NewsChannel 15 on Friday they were dealing with six to seven situations like the one pictured each day. Crews said the frost is so thick that it is causing the ground to move, and as pipes don’t shift with the ground, water mains may break and roads collapse.

The crew at Sherman and Putnam didn’t know when the street would be repaired as they are shorthanded due to various water main breaks throughout the city.

Traffic was being re-routed using Spring Street, Wells Street and State Boulevard.

Anyone in Fort Wayne can report a pothole by calling 311. The city has said the road will be fixed within 24 hours of the report.

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