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Breakup evidenced on Anchorage roads

By Lauren Maxwell 8:17 PM April 3, 2017
ANCHORAGE –

Anchorage drivers can confirm that breakup is here in Alaska. Standing water and potholes are considered a sure sign of spring.

City Maintenance and Operations director Alan Czajkowski said the city has received more than 200 calls about drainage issues since Friday. He said crews were working as fast as they can to thaw frozen drains.

Potholes are also starting to surface. Czajkowski said the advice for encountering either is the same: slow down.

“Try to stay in your lane by all means, but slow down a little bit,” Czajkowski said. “Same thing for standing water — don’t assume that it has good pavement underneath. There could be a six inch-deep hole in that puddle.”

Czajkowski recommended people call the city maintenance dispatch line to report potholes and drainage issues at 907-343-8277.

KTVA 11’s Lauren Maxwell can be reached via email or on Twitter.

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