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Potholes Menace Motorists & State Budget

April 6th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

As winter fades further away in the rearview mirror, spring brings another set of issues on the roads – potholes.  The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) spends on average $4 million patching potholes each year and repairs approximately 29,000 square yards of paved surface, which equates to about 43,000 potholes.  An average cost to repair a pothole is $95, which includes the material, labor and traffic control in the work zones.

“This is an extremely busy time of the year for road crews repairing potholes and pavement,” said SHA Administrator Gregory Slater.  “SHA appreciates the public alerting us to the location of the potholes as well as using extra caution while driving near mobile work crews.” 

A pothole is formed when moisture seeps into a pavement crack and freezes at night and thaws during the day.  This stresses the pavement and when traffic is introduced, a pothole forms.  

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