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PennDOT has used more than 9,627 tons of asphalt repairing potholes this year

| Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 2:09 p.m.
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A vehicle drives along a pothole-riddled section of Route 819 in Hunker, Westmoreland County, on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
A vehicle drives along a pothole-riddled section of Route 819 in Hunker, Westmoreland County, on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.

During the first two months of this year, PennDOT crews used more than 9,627 tons of asphalt repairing potholes statewide — nearly three times what it had used in the timeframe in 2016 and 3,134 more tons than last year.

The weight in asphalt used so far this year is equal to 627 dump truck loads, according to a PennDOT release.

This winter's dramatic temperature swings are largely to blame for the issue, officials say.

“Potholes can form literally overnight, and that's what we're seeing with these temperature swings,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said in the release. “This year we are seeing more concerns than usual, and our crews are working aggressively to make repairs whenever weather permits.”

Drivers reported more than 5,910 pothole complaints to PennDOT statewide — 90 percent of which were addressed by the end of February, for a cost of nearly $7.2 million, the release said.

To report a pothole on state routes, visit www.customercare.penndot.gov or call 1-800-FIX-ROAD.

PennDOT is asking people to be as specific as possible when providing pothole concerns, including the county, municipality, street name and state route number, the release said.

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