Moline paying money for potholes

Moline pothole repair truck (WQAD Photo)

Moline pothole repair truck (WQAD Photo)

The City of Moline is offering a $50 gift certificate to the Moline resident who reports the largest pothole each month through March 31, 2013.

The reward is part of the city’s annual “Pothole of the Month Contest.”

“All potholes are repaired within 48 hours or by the next working day following the report, weather permitting, said a statement from Moline Public Works.  “Potholes posing safety hazards or those that will likely damage vehicles get immediate repair if possible.”

Potholes happen when water expands when it freezes and then thaws in pavement pores and cracks.  The repeated expansion weakens and breaks the pavement; as vehicles drive over the weakened pavement a pothole is created.

Crews rely on residents to report potholes.

Moline residents can enter the city’s “Pothole of the Month” contest by calling the Pothole Hotline at (309) 524-2407 or reporting the pothole using an online service request on the city’s website, www.moline.il.us.

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