While nearby communities are dealing with thousands of potholes as winter ends, Grove City's pothole issue is minor.

While nearby communities are dealing with thousands of potholes as winter ends, Grove City's pothole issue is minor.

Over the past two to three weeks, the Grove City Service Department has had one truck out patrolling for potholes and responding to calls from other city crews and the public. In that time, the department has filled only a couple hundred minor potholes and only received about a dozen calls, said Public Services Director Les Spring.

"We're in pretty good shape," Spring said. "We don't have any real huge issues."

So far, the city has used about 10 tons of cold-mix asphalt to repair potholes, which Spring said amounts to about one dump-truck load.

"It'll hold through a few freeze-thaw cycles," Spring said of the cold-mix asphalt.

Spring said the city's asphalt paving program monitors and addresses cracks that develop in the roads as they age. Even new roads will develop cracks within two or three years, he said, and those cracks can become potholes when water gets in.

"We keep up on ours pretty good," Spring said. "We get after it early and stay after it. We don't let them grow and grow."

The service department uses rubberized crack sealer to deal with cracks and it is applied with specialized equipment in warmer weather, usually late fall or early spring, Spring said. It seals cracks in the road and prevents water from getting in, where it would freeze and expand.

"It does an excellent job," he said. "If you use crack sealer, you can seal those cracks."

People who wish to report potholes should call the Public Service Division, 614-277-1100, during business hours and the Grove City Police Division, 614-277-1700, after hours.

"If we get any public notice (about potholes), we take care of them," Spring said.