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Snow causing more problems as potholes pop up

Updated: Thursday, February 20 2014, 05:54 AM CST
Reported by: Christina Butler

YORK -- There's yet another reminder of the harsh winter we've had in Pennsylvania. Potholes are now popping up all over our roads.

"When the temperatures drop below freezing, moisture underneath the roadway freezes. The ground expands, then we get warm temperatures and that leaves a little gap between the pavement and the base. When traffic runs over it, it smashes that -- and voila -- pothole!" explains Mike Martin with PennDOT.

There is a toll free number you can call from anywhere in the state to report potholes: 1-800-FIX-ROAD.

Martin says crews will check out all complaints, focusing on the larger ones first.

At this point in the year, potholes are filled with a temporary patch. Then, closer to early summer, they will be permanently repaired.

Martin points out the same crews who are out repairing potholes are the ones who have worked overtime this summer.

"Be patient, and call us. We don't know what to fix unless we know where to go," he said. Snow causing more problems as potholes pop up


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