We know it’s been a long winter for all of us. Especially for the guys behind the plows who helped keep our roads clear after a historic winter. On behalf of all drivers I say thank you. But it’s time to get them back to work filling potholes. Driving on Delco roads is like driving through a minefield. Serious sinkhole sized potholes that have already caused accidents but also no doubt have forced countless trips to the mechanic and tire stores. PennDot says it’s already used more than 500 tons of asphalt and they’re dispatching 27 crews on area roads over the next few days.
I would argue when it comes to driver safety, filling potholes is just as or more important than plowing after a snow storm. Drive down the Blue Route and you are forced to either dodge potholes or dodge other drivers who are dodging potholes. Both north and southbound lanes of I-95 near Philadelphia airport are just a couple examples of the gaping “swimming pool” potholes that 10’s of thousands of commuters have to drive over each day. It’s not only dangerous to drive but it’s also incredibly punishing to your vehicle’s wheels, tires and alignment.
PennDot admits the harsh winter caused the pothole problem to start about a month earlier than any winter in recent memory. The good news is that PennDot also says it’s also going to have more money for transportation projects in 2014 than it’s had to spend in many years. Let’s hope they put that money in asphalt.
If you want to report a problem pothole call PennDot’s hotline at : 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623).