PennDOT said its crews are continuing to address the growing number of potholes on state-maintained roads after this season’s dramatic swings between unseasonable warmth and typical winter conditions caused potholes to form.
“Potholes can form literally overnight and that’s what we’re seeing with these temperature swings,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “This year we are seeing more concerns than usual, and our crews are working aggressively to make repairs whenever weather permits.”
PennDOT Tuesday said that through the end of February, its crews had used more than 9,627 tons of asphalt repairing potholes statewide. In comparison, PennDOT had used 6,133 tons of asphalt in February 2017 and used 3,607 tons in 2016.
Nearly $7.2 million was invested in pothole repairs statewide through the end of February, according to PennDOT.
PennDOT said more than 5,910 pothole concerns were reported, and more than 90 percent were addressed through February.
Repairs will be temporary until the weather warms and longer-lasting materials are available.
Drivers can report potholes and other highway-maintenance concerns on state routes at www.customercare.penndot.gov or by calling PennDOT’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-349-7623.