Mon March 4, 2013
Earth Calendar for March 4th and March 5th
A winter with heavy snow or rain and many cycles of freezing and thawing can mean lots of potholes in the spring.
Why does this happen? Water from melting snow and ice seeps into pavement and the sub-material between pavement and the soil below. When repeated spells of cold weather occur, the water in the pavement refreezes and expands, breaking up the pavement at and below the road surface. When the ice melts again, the resulting gaps inside the pavement and moisture soften the asphalt. The damaged asphalt cannot support the weight of cars – as more vehicles pass over the weakened spot, pieces of pavement get broken away, leaving behind a hole. In most areas, you can report potholes to your city streets department or the state transportation department for repair. If you hit a pothole in your vehicle and notice steering problems, low tire pressure or visible bulges or blisters on your tires, it is a good idea to have a professional check your vehicle for damage and make any necessary repairs.
On our calendar: Unwanted scrap tires will be accepted on March 23rd from 9:00 am -3:00 pm at the corner of White Street and Queen City Avenue. This tire amnesty day is made possible by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District and Keep Cincinnati Beautiful. More information call (513) 352-4386.