WENY News - Pothole Season Is Here Early

Pothole Season Is Here Early

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Horseheads, N.Y. (WENY) -- Once moisture freezes as temperatures bottom out in the winter, the ground expands and pushes up the pavement. The unseasonably warm temperatures are making the ground ease back down creating the gap between the road and the soil beneath.

Chemung County Public Works Commissioner Andy Avery explains the struggle with treating potholes around the area this time of the year, especially with the above average temperatures. He said, "We can't fix them right in the winter. We can't use hot mix asphalt. We can't use spray patch. We're using cold mix right now. It doesn't stay in the holes very well."

"So, it's important to check the roads. Our supervisors check them on a regular basis. We're not going to see every pothole. There's 250 miles of county roads, 125 miles of city roads, another 75 miles of Big Flats roads. And that doesn't even take into account all the other towns, villages, the state roads. A lot of miles of roads in our county."

If you want to report a pothole that should be fixed, information about how to do so can be found at http://www.chemungcountyny.gov/departments/o_-_r_depatments/public_works/index.php or by calling the Chemung Dept. of Public Works at (607) 739-3896. 

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