To report street damage please submit a service request online at Access East Peoria. The Department of Public Works will inspect the site to determine the required action to be taken. If minor repairs are required, the Street Department will schedule corrective repairs. If the street needs to be resurfaced or reconstructed, the Department of Public Works will evaluate the street for possible repairs in a future program.
Crews maintain pavement year round. A cut, core and patch method is used during summer months. During winter months a cold patch material is used. Cold patch methods are somewhat temporary in nature.
Street crews also use preventive maintenance methods to prolong the life of existing streets. During summer months, cracks are sealed with hot tar and some streets are seal coated.
How Potholes Are Formed
Potholes are a phenomenon of nature. They occur when snow and ice melt. The resulting water then seeps beneath the pavement through cracks caused by traffic. As the temperatures cool to freezing at night, the water becomes ice and expands below the pavement, forcing the pavement to rise. As traffic continues to pound on this raised section of road and the temperatures once again rise above freezing, a shallow divot occurs under the surface and the pavement breaks. Thus, a pothole is formed.