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Cit of Joplin encourages citizens to report potholes

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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED JANUARY 22, 2014 BY THE CITY OF JOPLIN

With extreme temperature fluctuations during this winter, City crews recognize the potential increase of potholes developing, and encourage citizens to contact us with locations of these as they see them. Potholes generally develop along roadways due to moisture and frequent temperature variations, making this time of year a prime time for these depressions to occur.

“Our streets are seeing a lot more volume and heavier loads due to the amount of construction work taking place throughout the city,” said Lynden Lawson, Assistant Director of Public Works for Operations “So we want our citizens to call us if they see a pothole so we can get it repaired quickly. Public safety is a top priority for the City of Joplin.”

Citizens can report potholes by going to the City’s website at www.joplinmo.org and clicking on bottom left tab, “Report a Concern” and following the prompts. New users will have to enter their email address and a password to take full advantage of the system. Or they may simply call 417-624-0820, ext. 564 to report the location of a pothole.

According to Lawson, potholes are a high priority in street maintenance, following signal repair, and missing stop signs. “In taking care of our city’s streets, it helps to have extra sets of eyes to let us know locations of potholes. Our City staff notifies us when they see them, and we appreciate our citizens contacting us if they see ways we can make improvements, such as fixing a pothole.”

If approaching a pothole, drivers are encouraged to slow down and pass the area carefully to avoid a severe impact to their vehicle. Please note the location, and when safely possible, contact the city staff using the methods noted in this release so the road repair can be made.

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