773d Civil Engineer Squadron
4/13/2015 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Alaska's extreme temperature fluctuations create numerous potholes.
Cold weather freezes moisture in the ground, causing it to expand and crack the asphalt surface.
More water then penetrates the crack and further deteriorates the pavement over time.
The combination of freezing and thawing, water and the flow of traffic,
creates potholes. But if they are identified and repaired in a timely
manner, their severity will be reduced.
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson has more than 120 miles of paved road
and a climate which is hard on pavement, so potholes may appear before
the 773d Civil Engineer Squadron's Horizontal Section completes a road
If you are the lucky finder of a pothole, there are two basic steps to take.
First, take note of the hole's location; be specific and provide a street name, intersection, or nearby building number.
Second, if the hole is in a housing area, contact Aurora Housing at
753-1091; for all other JBER roads, call the 773d CES pothole repair
line, 552-2994. The hotline is operating 24 hours a day until May 1,
when the section moves to summer hours, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The section's goal is to repair potholes within 24 hours of
notification. However, due to mission constraints and weather, it may
take longer. The location of a pothole may also require time to
coordinate traffic-control devices so repair crews and motorists are