After three days of streets covered in ice and snow, Colorado Springs finally began to thaw just in time for the holiday weekend -- and reveal a new batch of those pesky potholes.
At the very least, they result in a bumpy ride for drivers but at worst, they can damage vehicles.
Moisture, the seasonal freeze-thaw cycle and any defect in street and road pavement can create new potholes or worsen existing ones.
KRDO NewsChannel 13 reported earlier this month that the city has repaired more than 98,000 potholes, a number that is already believed to be a city record and virtually guarantees the total will surpass 100,000 by the end of the year.
City officials said the number of potholes has skyrocketed because crews are seeking and repairing them more aggressively than in the past.
The city said potholes are a natural result of transportation within a large city and expect the annual total to eventually fall to around 60,000.
Some drivers are dissatisfied with the persistence of potholes and the materials used to repair them, and wonder why newer technologies aren't available.
There are several designs or machines to repair potholes automatically, but city officials aren't convinced of their effectiveness and affordability.
To report potholes, call 385-ROAD, visit the city's website or download the city's "GoCOS!" updated smartphone app.
City repair crews, as well as state crews, have Friday off for the holiday but will resume pothole repairs on Monday.