Potholes Becoming a Problem this Winter


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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- Potholes are becoming a familiar sight in the Valley and as the cold weather continues, we could see more.

Drivers beware, because if you are not careful, you could run into the same trouble as Larry Clemmer.

"I tore the front end of my trunk up on them," said Larry Clemmer.

Ken Slack, a VDOT spokesman, said this year's extreme weather is to blame.

"You got the freezing and the thawing and of course the traffic rolling over top of the asphalt and potholes are gradually formed," said Slack.

Once a pothole is reported to VDOT, it usually takes two to three days for crews to patch it.

One VDOT crew told us they have patched more than 50 potholes in this week alone.

They use a special asphalt mix which costs about $114 per ton.

Slack said they get most reports of potholes in the early spring and that they have crews ready to tackle them once the temperatures rise.

"We'll do a pothole 'blitz' in the springtime to really tackle large numbers of the potholes that have formed during the winter time and the early spring so you'll see crews out there a lot once the temperatures start to moderate," explained Slack.

Scott Hallberg, a mechanic at Hershey Tire in Staunton, sees about 20 to 30 flat tires this time of year just because potholes.

"This year, it's going to be a little more so than what we've had, I've noticed that driving over the road myself," said Hallberg.

He said potholes can damage the front end of your car, the tie rod and rim and fixing all of that can cost up to $400.

If you are driving and happen to see one coming, Hallberg advises you to avoid it.

"Drive around it, or if you can't drive around it, go through it as slow as you can and carefully," said Hallberg.

Slack said if you see a pothole in your neighborhood you can report it to them.


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