Apr 21, 2021 - News

Pothole season is out to get us, Des Moines

Illustration of an animated video-game car avoiding two potholes, then crashing into a third.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Can you feel it? It's pothole season in Des Moines.

State of play: Our pothole situation is actually better than it's been in the past, said Jonathan Gano, Des Moines public works director.

  • Only 2,000 reports of potholes have been filed since January, compared to the typical 5,000-7,000 reports filed in that time period, Gano said.
  • We have a short cold freeze to thank for that, which made the concrete conditions better than normal.

Here are some of the toughest enemies our cars (and wallets) face.

Keo Way

A pothole
A pothole off Keo Way in downtown Des Moines outside Mainframe Studios. Linh Ta/Axios

Difficulty: Level 7

When you get off the interstate heading downtown, this sucker hides along the curve on Keosaqua Way.

Its special attack: The one-two punch. You think you've swerved to avoid one of the holes and BAM — the other one sneak attacks. Low blow, man.

2nd Avenue

A deep pothole
A pothole along 2nd Avenue outside Double Dragon in Des Moines. Linh Ta/Axios

Difficulty: Level 5

This buddy likes to hang outside Double Dragon off 2nd Avenue, just waiting for you to pass by.

The best combo: Dodge left when traveling north on this street. The potholes are the worst in the right lane.

Grand Avenue

A closeup of a pothole
A pothole off Grand Avenue in downtown Des Moines. Linh Ta/Axios

Difficulty: Level 8

You're hanging out downtown (maybe scooping the loop) when this tough guy outside of Meredith suddenly appears.

It's super effective ... against bicycles, motorcycles and any other unsuspecting two-wheeled mobile that's rolling around downtown.

Konami code: If you see one of these bad boys, punch in 515-283-4950 to make a report or use the DSM My Mobile app.


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