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PennDOT patches potholes during weather warmup

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Warmer temperatures gave road crews a big boost and an opportunity to patch up all of the craters opened up by the recent snow and ice.

Traffic slowed near 63rd and City Avenue Saturday but for a good reason.

PennDOT crews were at work filling as many potholes as possible during the break in the weather.

"They are out today, tomorrow taking advantage of the warmer temperatures before it gets cold again to lay down this hot mix as much as they can," said Brad Rudolph, PennDOT.

The number of complaints have quadrupled from last year.

PennDOT has used 150,000 tons of asphalt compared to just 1,000 tons last year.

"City Line Avenue looks like the valley of the apocalypse," said Lou Grimaldi.

"You're kind of moving along then you have to move to the left and hope you don't hit anyone," said Michael Smith.

In Chichester, Dennis Daley says he sees the traffic on busy Larkin Road in front of his home swerve around the craters. Daley watched as a car dodged a pothole, slid on black ice and flipped and crashed on his front steps.

"Thank God no one got hurt; somebody could've gotten killed all because of these stinking potholes," said Daley.

A woman and her 10-year-old daughter were inside the car but did not get hurt.

"If it wasn't for the steps, that car would have been inside my house," said Daley.

The warmer weather gives crews an extra advantage because the mixture they use is permanent compared to the mixture used in colder temperatures.

To report a pothole in your area call 1-800-FIX-ROAD.

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