ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Potholes are a problem that pops up every spring on Anchorage roads, keeping road maintenance crews with the state Department of Transportation busy through April filling the holes.
A couple of two-person DOT crews will begin maintenance on state roads -- the main roads that run through Anchorage including the Glenn and Seward highways, as well as major throughfares like Tudor Road, Minnesota Drive and Debarr Road. The municipality maintains all other streets in the city.
"We anticipate probably over the next two weeks, we'll probably ramp up -- get busier and busier, and that will probably carry through until mid-to-end of April," said Randy Vanderwood, chief of maintenance and operations with the DOT.
Vanderwood says the record snowfall has wiped out the state's road maintenance budget, and DOT is requesting more than $500,000 from the Legislature to cover the Anchorage-area shortfall.
To report potholes on state maintained roads, call 338-1466. To report them on roads maintained by the municipality, call 343-MEND.