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Road Report 3: Undercover following pothole crews

Road Report Part 3

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - In part three of our three-part series on Colorado Springs roads, we go undercover to see if city crews are really getting the job done.

It's 10:20 a.m. on a Tuesday, we meet crews at their second stop of the day on Longs Peak Trail. We wanted to see how crews worked with a camera versus when they thought we were gone.

While we're watching and recording, they filled four potholes at their first stop.

It took them one hour to fill four, which equaled out to about 15 minutes a pothole.

The standard time to fill a pothole is 20 minutes. To do so, you use a jackhammer to carve out the area, dig out debris, border the hole with a bonding agent, lay down the new asphalt, then use a hopper to smooth it out.

KRDO: "How long does it usually take you to fill one?"

CREWS: "It depends on the situation, you have to clean up."

It's 11:30 a.m., we go with them to their third stop. This time we stay a little further behind, setting up a camera in the distance. At this stop it took crews 40 minutes for one pothole, which was longer than the last stop but they had a much bigger pothole to fill.

Now it's time to really put crews to the test.

It is 12:20 p.m. we just said goodbye to crews and now we're down the road in an unmarked car.

Crews are now working near Interquest and Voyager Parkway. We notice it took them a while longer to get started here. They finish this stop at 1 p.m. so it took them a good 40 minutes to fill potholes in this area.

After taking a one-hour lunch, we follow them to their fifth stop. On Black Forest and Vollmer Road we found crews filled 10 potholes in two hours.

We continue to follow them until their eighth stop of the day and at every stop we see them fill potholes. At some spots slower than others, but keep in mind results and crews vary by day.

But during the eight hours we followed them, they filled 45 potholes in one day.

PART ONE: What pothole work the city accomplished last year and what it cost taxpayers.

PART TWO: Which roads city crews consider the worst and explain their new way of prioritizing repairs.


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