Monday, February 22, 2010

Crews Battling Potholes as Well as Snow

Pittsburgh Department of Public Works Director Rob Kaczorowski says when DPW crews aren’t removing snow, they’ll be fixing potholes.

Kaczorowski says the day crews work mostly on the potholes they hear through the city’s 3-1-1 response line. The night crews try to fill holes on the city’s primary routes.

Kaczorowski says if you see a pothole, note the location as precisely as you can before calling the 311 hotline. He says even seemingly harmless puddles can hide deep holes, so be cautious.

PennDot is also trying to tackle the problem. PennDot Spokesperson Jim Struzzi says, “Potholes are appearing like an epidemic across the region and PennDOT is focusing most available resources on patching at the present time.” He says potholes and other roadway concerns on state roads can be reported to the department by calling 1-800 FIX ROAD. Callers are asked to be ready with as a precise location as possible including the county, municipality, street name and route number, or the state route number. Struzzi says any familiar landmarks near the potholes will also help.

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