As the snow melts away and temperatures start to rise, the arrival of spring is welcomed by many. However, with the changing of the seasons comes a problem that many drivers dread: potholes.
Extreme fluctuations in temperature are one of the leading causes of potholes on our roads and bridges. Water seeps into the cracks in the pavement, and when temperatures drop, the water freezes and expands, causing the pavement to break apart. When temperatures rise again, the ice melts and leaves behind a hole in the road.
Potholes can be a major hazard for drivers. They can damage tires, wheels, and suspension systems, leading to expensive repairs. Potholes can also cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles, leading to accidents and injuries.
To help combat potholes and prevent them from becoming a danger to vehicles and drivers on the road, you can report potholes to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). By reporting potholes, you are helping to make our roads safer for everyone.
To report a pothole, simply call 1-800-FIX-ROAD or file a report online at the PennDOT website. You will need to provide information about the location of the pothole, including the street name, closest cross street, and any identifying landmarks. PennDOT will then dispatch a crew to inspect the pothole and make the necessary repairs.
In addition to reporting potholes, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself and your vehicle. When driving, be alert for potholes and try to avoid them if possible. If you can’t avoid a pothole, slow down before hitting it to minimize the impact. Keep your tires properly inflated and your wheels aligned to help prevent damage from potholes.