WEST CHESTER (March 18) – 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.

asphalt-315756_1280“There is no question that some of our state roads are absolutely riddled with potholes,” Dinniman said. “The best way to get them 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. ”

According to PennDOT officials, there are at least eight crews out exclusively tasked with filling and fixing potholes each day. Crews are using both spray patchers and hot asphalt to fix as many potholes as possible. Some stretches of roadway that have multiple potholes will be scheduled for milling and repaving this spring, according to officials.

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.

Outside Chester County, the statewide hotline to report potholes to PennDOT is 800-FIX-ROAD (800-349-77623). 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.)

According to PennDOT, potholes develop when water seeps below the road through small cracks in the pavement surface. As the water freezes and thaws, a cavity below the road is formed and larger cracks develop, causing the pavement to crumble.

*In addition, residents and motorists can visit this page each week for a schedule of where pothole patching is taking place in Chester County:

 

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