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Freeze, thaw cycle to open potholes on PA roads

Written by Matt Paul and Radio Pennsylvania | Feb 1, 2014 2:07 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Sharp swings in temperatures, like what the midstate has recently experienced, may be creating new obstacles for midstate motorists.

State Department of Transportation spokesman Rich Kirkpatrick says the freeze, thaw cycle leads to potholes.

"[We] tend to have a lot of clay soil, so that means that water tends to collect, water collects under pavements, concrete and asphalt," he says. "And when you get that constant deep freeze, and then thawing, it's an up-and-down action, and that just destroys pavement."

Kirkpatrick says pothole repairs will fit into PennDOT’s existing $189 million winter maintenance budget. Motorists can report potholes by calling 1-800-FIX-ROADS.

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