Potholes return, and some areas are worse off than others

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Apr 9, 2014 1:00 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Spring is here -- and so are potholes. But because of the winter, repairs are getting started a little later than usual in some communities.

Two weather factors contributed to the patchwork of potholes littering streets across central Pennsylvania.


David Finch, Chambersburg's Assistant Borough Manager outlines the first issue.

"It's probably a little worse this year, just because of the severity of the winter, I think we're seeing more potholes than normal."

Finch says he sometimes will send his workers pothole hunting, preferring the proactive instead of reactive response.

"We're also noticing a lot more on our own, we're trying to keep an eye out for this so that we don't get complaints, that we solve them beforehand. But we can't see everything, so when the public calls us up, we take good note of that."

But it's not just the cold.

Paul Williams, the Borough Manager for Selinsgrove in Snyder County says the constant change keeps crews busy.

"We did waver back and forth, daytime temperatures and overnight temperatures, plus freezing and minus freezing, and I think that might have added to the creation of potholes this year."

Williams says the roads are in pretty good shape in Selinsgrove, and he hasn't received many complaints from drivers.

And he, himself, knows the secret to avoiding potholes: Williams walks to work.

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