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Potholes a growing problem for drivers, road crews

By Liz Kilmer, Reporter, LKilmer@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 20 2014 03:28:14 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 20 2014 05:27:33 PM CST

More and more pot holes are popping up across the region, causing problems and concerns for drivers.

MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. -

More and more pot holes are popping up across the region, causing problems and concerns for drivers.

"I go around 'em if I can," said Lavean Walter, of Muhlenberg Township. "Every now and then I hit one."

"Four-foot pot holes," said Alex Wolf, of Hamburg. "I don't like 'em. It's a bumpy ride to work every day."

It's an increasing problem posing a number of risks for drivers - not only traffic issues but vehicle damage.

"The suspension can bend or cause misalignment," said Jerald Hartman, owner of Hartman Driveshaft & Axle in Reading.

Hartman told 69 News it's damage that can cost you up to $500 in repairs. If ignored, he said the damage can pose serious safety risks.

"I don't know that it's really as bad as something that's going to break...and you lose control of your car... but it could be," said Hartman. "It's definitely a safety issue."

Fortunately, it's a safety concern that officials are taking seriously. PennDOT spokesman Ron Young said crews were working to repair the potholes all day on Thursday, all across the region. He said workers will likely be filling holes all season, even into spring.

In Reading, David Ruyak, public works operations division manager, said crews are also working to "actively repair" potholes reported across the city.

"It's one of those things that's going to take time," said Walter.

If you'd like to report a pothole or road concern, call 1-800-FIX-ROAD.