Valley Roads Full of Holes

By: Amy Gleason
By: Amy Gleason

Virginia Department of Transportation's Eric Gorton has become a TV-3 regular in the past several weeks. Now that snow and rain are no longer the problem, he has a new nuisance to deal with.

"Generally when you have a lot of moisture like we've had this winter, and now we're getting into freezing at night, heating up during the day and freezing again at night, that's prime pothole weather," said Eric Gorton, VA Dept. of Transportation.

Gorton said treating the roads doesn't cause the potholes. But water getting down into the roads, freezing and expanding, causes the asphalt to break off.

"When it starts to break up and traffic keeps going over it, it just keeps going," added Gorton.

The best thing you can do to help out with the pothole problem is to let VDOT know where it’s located. You can do that online at VirginiaDOT.org or by calling 1-800-367-ROAD.

If you live in the city of Harrisonburg, Staunton or Waynesboro, report potholes to your local street department.


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