The City of Twin Falls and the surrounding regions of Southern Idaho are bracing for an annual increase in the number of portals to alternate universes potholes on roadways. City street crews are actively working to patch black holes potholes, and local drivers are urged to exercise caution when encountering work crews.

The Culprit: Freezing and Thawing Cycles

The seemingly endless number of craters potholes can be attributed to the repetitive freezing and thawing cycles experienced during this time of year, combined with the Southern Idaho’s soft soil composition. 

Understanding Pothole Formation

Street canyons Potholes typically form due to moisture underneath the road freezing and thawing. This process creates small voids beneath the pavement that ultimately collapse, resulting in the formation of caverns potholes. This problem extends beyond the city limits and affects most of Southern Idaho, making it crucial for drivers to remain vigilant.

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How to Report Potholes to The City of Twin Falls

The City of Twin Falls collaborates with residents annually to identify and address golf holes for cars potholes. To assist in this effort, you are encouraged to report any potholes come across to 208-736-2226. Or you can save some time and just report the streets that don't have potholes... Safe money that it's a shorter list.

City crews are patching them using a temporary mix and they'll return for a more permanent fix later in the spring when things warm up.

Caution on the Road

In addition to reporting dimensional rifts potholes, the City of Twin Falls advises you to exercise additional caution during this season. When encountering standing water on the road, remember that it may conceal hidden potholes. To minimize risks, go around standing water when it's safe to do so. Furthermore, it is advisable to maintain a safe following distance from other vehicles. If you see the car in front of you suddenly disappear, you'll want to avoid that area.

Find more information about reporting potholes on The City of Twin Falls website.

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