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422 Tops State’s Local List For Pothole Repairs

KING OF PRUSSIA – Five pothole-ridden western Montgomery County roads will be the focus next week of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation repair crews, who will head out to repair deteriorated pavements and save winter wear-and-tear on the vehicles that travel them, the agency’s King of Prussia office said Friday (Jan. 19, 2018).

Its list of more than 70 regional highways due for repair includes:

  • The length of U.S. 422 to the Berks County line;
  • Route 29 in Collegeville and Perkiomen townships;
  • Neiffer Road in Limerick Township;
  • Ridge Road across Lower Pottsgrove, Limerick, and Upper Providence townships, and Collegeville, Trappe boroughs; and
  • Lewis Road in Royersford Borough.

“Extreme fluctuations in temperatures coupled with an active snow season” caused an early outbreak of potholes in the Philadelphia region, “especially on older roadway surfaces,” PennDOT District 6 Executive Kenneth M. McClain explained. “We encourage the public to report pothole locations so crews can schedule repairs as quickly as possible.”

A pothole develops when water seeps below the road through small cracks in the pavement surface. As the water repeatedly freezes and thaws due to temperature changes, a hole forms below the surface and larger cracks develop, which destroys the strength of the pavement.

Patch operations depend on the weather. It’s possible patching will result in traffic slowdowns and backups, because lane closures will be in effect where state and contractor crews are working, PennDOT added.

If the potholes bothering local drivers are roads others than those listed above, PennDOT wants to hear from them. It reminded drivers that potholes and other concerns on state roads can be reported by calling toll-free to 1-800-FIX-ROAD, or going online to visit its “Submit Roadway Feedback” form.

Drivers are asked to be as specific as possible when providing pothole locations or other maintenance concerns, such as deer removal or signing issues. For state routes, citizens must report the county, municipality, street name and route number, or the state route number that can be found on small black-and-white signs posted along state roadways. Providing a description of any familiar landmarks also could be helpful to PennDOT in locating problem areas.

The 1-800-FIX-ROAD number should not be used to report traffic accidents, disabled vehicles, or other emergencies. Motorists should continue to call 9-1-1 to report those types of incidents.

Since last December, PennDOT said, its maintenance crews have placed more than 600 tons of patching material on state roads in Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties. PennDOT’s contractors have also performed various patching operations in the region.

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