What is the difference between a pothole, a sinkhole, and a utility cut?

Potholes & Sinkholes

A pothole is a chunk of asphalt that is missing from the roadway. A sinkhole is where the asphalt is intact, but has sunk due to instability of the ground beneath it. For repair of a pothole or a sinkhole, please contact the Street Department at 970-920-5130, or submit an online request.


Utility Cut

A Utility Cut occurs when someone has cut into the street to access the utilities below. Most of these are done by private contractors. If it has not been permanently patched in a long period of time, or if the patch has sunk severely, please contact the City Engineering Department:


130 S Galena
Aspen, CO 81611


Phone: 970-920-5080
Email the Engineering Department

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