Pothole Primer

PotholeMontgomery County is trying to stay ahead of what may be a bumpy ride for area motorists: potholes.

The freeze and thaw of this cold winter may mean there are more potholes to patch.

So far, county officials say there is no evidence of an increase in potholes this week on county roads.

If that changes, County Spokesperson Esther Bowring said residents should know that the county deploys four pothole trucks that operate year-round. She said the crews work on a proactive-reactive schedule, meaning if they see potholes on the way to fill a pothole they stop and patch all the potholes on that route.

You can report a pothole by calling the county’s 311-service or go online at http://www3.montgomerycountymd.gov/311/(S(nlgtaw45m13lt0b511dbyx45))/SolutionView.aspx?SolutionId=1-234ONR.

According to the county’s website, potholes are inspected and repaired within three business days of a report (weather-permitting) on county-maintained roads.

If the pothole is on a numbered route such as Route 355, you should contact the Maryland State Highway Administration’s department at 301.513.7300.

State highway officials say are definitely seeing an uptick in calls for potholes repairs this week.

SHA Spokesperson Kellie Boulware said “potholes are popping up” and crews are responding to more calls for repairs than usual. Boulware said the state has two maintenance shops in Montgomery County and crews from these shops are working on filling potholes everyday.

According to Boulware, motorists can also report potholes on state roads online at http://marylandsha.force.com/customercare/request_for_service.

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Sonya Burke

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Sonya Burke is the Multimedia Manager at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at sburke@mymcmedia.org or reach her on Twitter @SonyaNBurke.


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