Area roads pocketed with potholes

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While warmer weather is good news for many who are tired of winter, it's also bad news for drivers and their cars. (WPVI)

While warmer weather is good news for many who are tired of winter, it's also bad news for drivers and their cars.

A harsh winter with a lot of freezing and thawing has taken its toll on road surfaces around the region.

One of the most troubling sections is a stretch of Route 1 in the city, just short of the Delaware County line. At times it looks like an auto manufacturer's torture track to test suspension systems.

It is a very rough ride.

The stretch now has a contract to be repaved at some point this year. However, PennDOT is hoping to do some patch work prior to that repaving.

Warmer weather means asphalt plants are operating.

A few miles away a PennDOT crew was filling potholes in Haverford Township. The snowmelt was filling up the potholes, so crews had to use a blower to dry out the hole, then quickly fill it with patch.

The hope is that patch will hold.

There are 30 to 40 miles of state road in Haverford.

Stephen Sinibaldi, Haverford Township's Assistant Director of Public Works, gave PennDOT a list of 60 significant potholes in the township.

Sinibaldi says, "PennDOT has been really good at responding, but the potholes this year seem to be really bad. I guess with the long period of cold weather we had... and then the thaws and the plowing doesn't help."

PennDOT has a hotline to report potholes. It is 1-800-FIX-ROAD.

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