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Potholes form when snow melts, seeps into pavement cracks, then refreezes, expanding and popping out the blacktop. Photo courtesy: AP

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- If you haven't already noticed, there are a lot of potholes on area roads and it's not going to get better anytime soon.  The city of Grand Rapids is getting ready for what it calls a "pothole blitz" next week.

Repair crews know it's going to be a busy spring. "Probably one of the worst I've seen, roads are in pretty bad shape," says Ed Kalinowski. He and his crew are patching an area along Michigan Avenue. The road is littered with potholes.

The Grand Rapids Public Services Manager, Victor Rose says it's worse this year because of the weather. "Primarily because of higher fluctuation of temperature changes. A 25-30 degree change within a 24 hour period causes water to expand and contract."

If you live in the city of Grand Rapids, you can download an app called Grand Rapids 311 (http://bit.ly/zkDvC0). You can report potholes, graffiti, or sidewalk problems.

"It's our goal to always fill potholes within one business day or 24 hours," says Rose.  Next week, the city will start the week long blitz. "We see warm weather coming. We're going to be running 6-8 pothole crews. Every night, we will have 5 -6. So almost 24 hours a day next week."

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