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Extreme Weather Conditions Creating Numerous Potholes

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RICHMOND (WRIC)—The recent extreme changes in the weather conditions, from polar vortices to balmy temperatures, have proved challenging for local road crews.

Workers from the Virginia Department of Transportation are rushing to do emergency repairs on potholes before the next snowstorm hits. However, these fixes are just temporary.

Driver after driver…car after car...potholes are popping up on streets all over Central Virginia.

"There's plenty around here," says driver Matthew Dalton. "You'll just be driving down the road and you'll hit one and when you hit one you know it."

Some are small and many are big, but all of them are potential problems.

VDOT crews have been out since late last week...responding to numerous pothole complaints.

"We'll investigate them on a case by case basis," says VDOT spokesperson Lindsey LeGrand.

Workers are filling in the road gaps with a cold mix of asphalt that's similar to gravel.

"It is a temporary fix until the spring season and we have consistently warmer temperatures," LeGrand says.

That's when permanent fixes will be done.

But until then, you're urged to be careful while driving and try to avoid hitting the holes.

"Go in the middle of the car on them so it doesn't affect the tire or the bumper," Dalton says. "I usually try to slow down a little bit and then if there's nobody else in the other lane than usually I'll just swerve over."

If you spot a significant pothole, VDOT and other jurisdictions want to hear from you.

Report them to VDOT here and to the City of Richmond here.


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