The Leavenworth public works director acknowledges that this has not been a good winter in terms of potholes.

The Leavenworth public works director acknowledges that this has not been a good winter in terms of potholes.

But Mike McDonald said city crews have been out trying to make as much of a difference as they can by patching potholes.

“We go out and look for them,” McDonald said.

He said members of the public also report potholes to city officials.

McDonald said potholes can be found throughout Leavenworth but the largest number of complaints seem to be focused on two streets, 10th Avenue and Thornton Street.

He said there also have been complaints about a few potholes on Fourth Street including one that developed near the Shawnee Street intersection.

“That was a big one,” he said.

McDonald blames the prevalence of potholes this season on a “perfect storm of annoyingly bad stuff.” He points to an ongoing freeze-thaw weather cycle. He said water seeps into the pavement of roads, sometimes in areas between old pavement and newer patches. The water freezes and expands, pushing things apart.

McDonald said driving over a hole in a roadway that has filled with water also can lead to damage to the pavement. He said the movement can cause water to squish out like a high-powered cutting jet.

People can report potholes through the city’s website, www.lvks.org

McDonald said people also can contact the Municipal Service Center, 913-682-0650.

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