Some weekend overtime could help smooth Pa. highways

 (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo, File)

(Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo, File)

PennDOT workers are putting in some overtime to fill a bumpercrop of potholes.  

This weekend drivers need to be careful since crews will be out in big numbers.

PennDOT spokesman Charles Metzger says crews can’t fill enough potholes during the normal work week.

“The rash of potholes have come to a point where we have to start working some overtime to repair the pavements in a timely fashion to provide safer traveling surfaces for the motoring public,” he said.

Metzger says crews will fan out across the five county region and that will mean intermittent road closures.

“It takes about 45 minutes to get the loose material out, cut a patch around it fill it with material roll it and make it ready for traffic,” he explained.

PennDOT has already used about 4,900 tons of patching material since December to fix potholes.

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