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PennDOT working on fix for potholes

The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa. — Jocelyn Brumbaugh The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa.

March 14--PennDOT crews continue to address the growing number of potholes on state roads accredited to recent swings between springlike temperatures and the region's typical winter weather.

In a press release issued Tuesday, PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said potholes can form overnight, which is what crews are seeing with such dramatic temperature changes recently.

"This year, we are seeing more concerns than usual, and our crews are working aggressively to make repairs whenever weather permits," she said.

At the end of February, PennDOT crews had used more than 9,627 tons of asphalt repairing potholes statewide. By the same time last year, PennDOT used 6,133 tons of asphalt and used 3,607 tons by this time in 2016.

More than $7 million was invested in pothole repairs statewide through the end of February, PennDOT says.

In addition PennDOT crews' monitoring of potholes, more than 5,910 pothole concerns have been reported to PennDOT and more than 90 percent were addressed through February.

"With Pennsylvania's aggressive freeze-thaw cycle, roadways will always experience potholes," PennDOT's press release says.

"PennDOT crews are working vigorously to repair pothole damage on nearly 40,000 miles of state-owned roadway, addressing higher traffic roadways first and working on others as soon as possible. Repairs will be temporary until the weather warms and longer-lasting materials are available."

Motorists can report potholes and other highway maintenance concerns on state routes at or by calling PennDOT's toll-free hotline at 1-800-FIX-ROAD.

Motorists should be as specific as possible when providing locations of maintenance concerns and report the county, municipality, street name and state route number, which can be found on small black and white signs posted along state highways. A description of any familiar landmarks would be helpful for PennDOT to locate the problem area.

Maintenance concerns will corrected as soon as possible. Emergency road repairs, such as road wash-outs, are handled on a top-priority basis.

The 1-800-FIX-ROAD number should not be used to report traffic accidents, disabled vehicles or other emergencies.

Motorists should continue to call 911 to report these types of emergencies.

Jocelyn Brumbaugh is a reporter for the Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter @JBrumbaughTD.


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