Maryland potholes that ate tires for breakfast now patched before dinner

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — Potholes are popping up all around the D.C. region, and some big ones that were gobbling up tires in Prince George’s County, Maryland, were temporarily filled Wednesday morning.

The potholes opened up on northbound Maryland Route 4 on the deck of the bridge over the western branch of the Patuxent River, just past Water Street in Upper Marlboro.

The sunken pavement left several drivers with flat tires during the morning rush.

Crews from the Maryland State Highway Administration responded, closing a lane to fill the holes with cold patching.

A permanent repair with hot-mix asphalt will be done in the spring, once temperatures are warmer.

Maryland State Highway Administration spokesman Charlie Gischlar told WTOP that crews are going to step up their monitoring of road surface conditions on the bridges at that location and will respond again if needed.

Gischlar said the bridges were originally built in 1959, and an average of nearly 54,000 vehicles cross them every day.

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