SHA Crews Patrol for Potholes (Photo)

PotholeMaryland State Highway Administration (SHA) crews are patrolling State roads and repairing potholes weekdays during non-peak travel times between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Recent rain and snow storms, coupled with extreme fluctuations in temperature, have caused potholes to form on highways across Maryland.

Potholes develop when water seeps below the road surface, freezes and expands. This pushes the pavement upward while the traffic above further stresses the roadway. When the pavement thaws, it gradually falls into the hole and eventually traffic chips away at and expands the pothole.

In order to safely repair pavements, crews need to briefly close travel lanes. Motorists should slow down and be extremely cautious near mobile work zones for their safety and that of road crews.

“Potholes are a normal result of the freeze and thaw cycle, so we are seeing more thanks to the numerous storms this year,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “Once potholes are reported, crews will respond within one business day to repair the pavement. Drivers can help us locate potholes by reporting them through our on-line system.”

Citizens who encounter potholes are encouraged to report the location through SHA’s Customer Care Management System at SHA Online Request for Service

SHA reminds motorists to “Move Over” when encountering highway construction and maintenance crews. Slow down and “Think Orange” and remember that maintenance workers often work on the highway without concrete barrier protection.

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