WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – How many times have you hit a pothole to only shudder and think how expensive it was to hit? A group in Waterloo are taking to the roads to fix that problem.
Scott Jordan of Scott’s Electric in Waterloo is calling on volunteers to help patch roads around Waterloo this weekend.
Jordan, a former Waterloo city council member, said drivers dodging and swerving around potholes is dangerous to other drivers on the road, but also hitting the pothole is dangerous as well.
“It’s frustrating. You see people swerving, tires are getting flat. It’s just a very dangerous situation,” he said.
This is the sixth year Jordan has organized such a pothole brigade and said they have never had a shortage of volunteers come out to help.
“This is a temporary fix and we realize that,” he said, “It gives relief at least for a short time and that’s what we’re looking for to help out.”
All the patching material has been donated by Aspro in Waterloo and neon green shirts have been made up by Action Signs so volunteers can be seen.
Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka said they are willing to provide some help for the volunteers by diverting traffic so they can work safely.
Jordan said this winter has been especially tough on city roads and they’re just trying to help get them back into better shape.
Waterloo Public Works Director Randy Bennett said they appreciate the efforts of the volunteers and the kind gesture. He adds people can help the city better stay on top of road issues by calling the Public Works Department at 319-291-4267.
Those wanting to volunteer this Saturday can call or text Jordan at 319-505-3500. Volunteers will meet at the corner of 18th and Commercial Streets in Waterloo at Action Signs Saturday morning at 9 a.m.