The potholes in Davenport right now are terrible. Extremely cold temps, snow, ice, salt, water and many other facts really beat up the roads. Those beat up roads can do serious damage to your and other Quad Citizens vehicles. The city of Davenport is definitely well aware of the potholes scattered throughout the city, but they could use help locating them.

Davenport Public Works gave information via a social media post on Monday directing people to help report potholes throughout the city by using their Pothole Program.

In case you were wondering how pothole develops, according to the Davenport Public Works Pothole Program page, potholes develop over time because the foundation upon where paved surfaces are laid becomes weakened, which mainly happens due erosion from water infiltration below the paved surface. That erosion further weakens with the expansion and contraction that occurs below the surface during freeze/thaw cycles.

City officials say they can prevent some of that infiltration from happening through the crack sealing program.

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When potholes developed, Davenport Public Works asks residents to report them so the city can come and repair the pothole. To report a pothole(s) on your street, you can make a service request through Davenport Public Works.

You'll enter the address where the pothole is and a photo of the pothole. You can also click the button below to report a pothole.

If you would like to report a pothole over the phone, you can call Davenport Public Works at 563-326-7923.

Facts from Davenport Public Works

  • Did you know, on average, the city fills 60,00 to 70,000 potholes each year to help smooth paved surfaces for the benefit of the traveling public and their vehicles? These repairs are prioritized based on severity, street classification and requests for service.

Fixing Potholes

When it comes to fixing potholes, there are two methods that are used.

  • The first, and most preferred, is a hot patch. A hot patch is typically used to repair potholes during the spring, summer and fall months when temperatures are routinely above 32°. Hot patching lasts longer because crews can get better compaction and a better bond with the paved surface being repaired.
  • The second method is cold patching potholes. Cold patching is only performed during the winter when temperatures are consistently below 32°, Thanksgiving to mid-to-late March. The reason for this is because crews are unable to produce asphalt when temperatures are below freezing. Cold patching is not the best application for potholes because it is not durable, but the only choice when proper repair can’t be performed.

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