WEST CHESTER (March 24) – State Senator Andy Dinniman reminded motorists that they can report potholes and other state road maintenance issues in Chester County to PennDOT directly by dialing 484-340-3201.

Potholes reported to that number will be forwarded directly to an assistant in the field, who will schedule repairs as soon as possible.

caution-389408_1920“Last spring was particularly bad for potholes on our roadways,” Dinniman said. “As we again approach peak pothole season, I want to remind drivers to report pothole locations when they encounter them so that they can be repaired as quickly as possible.”

According to PennDOT officials, crews are tasked with filling and fixing potholes each day throughout Chester County. Crews have placed nearly 3,000 tons of patching material on state roads in the five-county Philadelphia region since December 1, 2015.

When calling to report a pothole, motorists should be as specific as possible and include the state route number, county, municipality and street name along with familiar landmarks.

“The best way to get potholes filled and fixed is to report them directly to PennDOT. Please do not put yourself in danger or risk an accident in an attempt to avoid a pothole or to report a pothole,” Dinniman added.

Outside Chester County, the statewide hotline to report potholes to PennDOT is 800-FIX-ROAD (800-349-7623). Motorists can use the toll-free number to report other road maintenance issues including washouts, missing signs, dead wildlife or high shoulder drop-offs. (Do not, however, use the telephone number for potholes to report a crash.)

In addition, potholes and other roadway concerns can be reported online by visiting www.penndot.com and clicking on “Submit Roadway Feedback.”

According to PennDOT, a pothole develops when water seeps below the road through small cracks in the pavement surface. As the water repeatedly freezes and thaws due to temperature fluctuations, a cavity forms below the surface and larger cracks develop, which destroys the strength of the pavement.

For more information contact Senator Dinniman’s District Office at (610) 692-2112, or e-mail acirucci@pasenate.com.

 

 

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