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PennDOT pothole patching preparing Philly region’s roads for summer

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 A car barely misses a pothole in Philadelphia. Since December, PennDOT has used more than 50,000 tons of patching material to fill the craters throughout the region. (AP file photo)

A car barely misses a pothole in Philadelphia. Since December, PennDOT has used more than 50,000 tons of patching material to fill the craters throughout the region. (AP file photo)

PennDOT has had a busy pothole season. 

 

Department spokesman Charles Metzger says crews are still filling potholes that surfaced after the miserable winter weather.

 

“What we are experiencing this year is that some of the things that didn’t get fixed last year are twice as worse this year,” he said.

Instead of counting the number of holes filled, PennDOT keeps track of the patching material used to plug the holes.

“We’ve used over 14,000 tons of asphalt material in the past two weeks, to patch holes and repair pavement damage in the five county Philadelphia region.”

Over 50,000 tons of patching material have been used since the beginning of December to fill the craters, and Metzger says crews are now doing extended stretches of roads with a complete coat of asphalt to make the drive just a bit easier.

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