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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - All year long, our highways and roads go through a beating, and winter often makes them worse.

Potholes are formed when vehicles drive over small cracks that then widen, causing a pothole. To further break it down, potholes can form in the colder months when water seeps down into cracks. When that water freezes, it expands the crack. When daytime comes around and the roads thaw, pavement breaks up with a pothole the end result.

The city encourages the public to report any potholes they find. You can do so through the city's website. Or call the La Crosse Street Department:  608-789-7340

The material used to fill the potholes is a combination of a cold mix that is heated up to 350 degrees then used to fill in the cracks.

City officials urge people to never drive over potholes, or avoid them if they can. Hitting a pothole can cause serious damage to your vehicle or worse, yourself.

Outside of the city of La Crosse, road renovations include County Road SN, County YY, County TA, along with reconstructing a bridge on County M.

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Lindsey Ford

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