LARGO – After a recent flurry of snowstorms and severe winter weather, the county’s Department of Public Works and Transportation continues to work to fill the potholes that have emerged in the aftermath. The department has teamed up with the State Highway Administration to go through the county and fill all reported potholes with asphalt. […]
LARGO – After a recent flurry of snowstorms and severe winter weather, the county’s Department of Public Works and Transportation continues to work to fill the potholes that have emerged in the aftermath.
The department has teamed up with the State Highway Administration to go through the county and fill all reported potholes with asphalt.
“DPW&T looks forward to working with SHA in this concentrated effort to ensure that county and state roadways are well-maintained and safe for all motorists,” said DPW&T Director Darrell Mobley. “DPW&T will dedicate all of its maintenance personnel and resources for this sustained effort to repair the potholes on county roadways.”
The process started on Thursday and remains ongoing, according to Paulette Jones, a spokesperson for the public works department. Drivers are advised to remain aware of potholes and crews working on the road around them.
“We used our snow routes (to find potholes). We are continuing to clean up about 1,900 miles of roadway. Thus far, we have filled 5,500 potholes,” Jones said. “Last year we filled about 22,000 potholes.”
Jones said potholes typically appear after a flurry of winter weather because the snow and ice melts, seeps under the pavement and lifts it out of place.
“That’s why, if you noticed, after every snow season you have these potholes prevalent throughout the area,” Jones said.
During snow storms, the primary roads get treated first, but the county emphasizes treating regular roadways and residential roadways as well.
There is no anticipated completion date for the pothole cleanup. Jones said the process will be continue into the spring.
“Right now, we’re using a cold patch because of the weather fluctuations. As it gets warmer, we’ll use a hot patch and that is more conducive to warmer weather and is more of a permanent fix,” Jones said. “Right now the weather is too unpredictable. Today it is 60 (degrees), but later in the week it will be 40 degrees.”
The city of Greenbelt has not had any major pothole issues, according to Jim Sterling, the director of Greenbelt’s public works department.
“We don’t have the problems that the state and county do,” Sterling said. “We did some patching quickly after the last storm so we spent a day and a half with some cold mix patching the potholes around the town.”
Sterling said everyone tends to have pothole issues around this time of year in each municipality, county and state. But Greenbelt took a proactive approach and did not see them at the same rate as other places have so far this year.