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Clearwater Pothole Construction

KENNEWICK, Wash.- For the past week, drivers on Clearwater in Kennewick have dealt with a series of new potholes in preparation for major construction on the road.

Believe it or not those new potholes are actually there on purpose, and they should be gone by the end of the month.

The city says they're part of the repaving process that will take place between Edison and Columbia Center Boulevard at the end of the month.

The potholes mark spots where utilities like manhole covers used to be.

They had to cut those out and lower them to grind down the road before they repave it.

"They can't have those metal boxes out there.  That actually destroys the equipment that's grinding that, milling that inch of asphalt off.  So they're, they're lowering those right now and they're putting a temporary patch on there," said Peter Beaudry.

Drivers out there were avoiding the potholes.

Some of them are as much as an inch or two deep, but the city says they're just part of the process, and they'll be gone by august.