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Pothole season draws nigh as temperatures surge

Potholes scar a Northwest D.C. street after a brutally cold winter. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

WASHINGTON — As temperatures rise, so does the number of potholes. But there’s a little hope for drivers as this winter comes to a close.

Local transportation departments are keeping busy patching road damage. The Maryland Highway Administration said it has spent more than $800,000 on pothole eradication this season.

“We fill potholes based on customer input, as well as proactive patrols,” said spokesman Charlie Gischlar.

D.C. is about a month away from launching its Potholepalooza campaign. In the meantime, District drivers can report potholes by dialing 311.

Although temperature fluctuations have been extreme this winter, snowfall has been scarce.

“When our snow events are less severe, generally, fewer potholes form,” said Ellen Kamilakis, with the Virginia Department of Transportation.

“While we do have a specific snow budget, it’s part of a larger maintenance budget, so what we don’t spend on snow events can go toward things like potholes and drainage projects,” Kamilakis said.

Drivers in Virginia can report potholes by calling 1-800-FOR-ROAD.


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