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updated: 3/6/2014 4:27 PM

Palatine awaits thaw to know how roads fared through winter

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The full impact this winter has had on Palatine's roads won't be fully known until spring comes, whenever that may be.

Matt Barry, the village's director of public works, said this winter has caused the road to "heave," more than it has in previous, gentler winters.

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Barry said one way to tell if heaving has occurred is if it feels like you are "driving over a washboard." He said heaving is not permanent, but that no car-assisted smoothing will happen until the temperature gets and stays above freezing.

"We will have to wait until spring to see the full measure of this winter's impact." Barry added.

While we wait for spring, the village board approved this year's street resurfacing plan Monday. Around 6 miles of street and 8,900 feet of sidewalk will be repaired by Arrow Road Construction Company of Mount Prospect for $1.8 million.

Depending on how the roads have fared this winter, next year's resurfacing plan may be more substantial.

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