Road Crews Start Working on Ohio Valley Pothole Problem

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Many of the roads across the Ohio Valley have had a rough winter and it’s starting to show as the weather starts to clear up.

Snow and ice have melted and been replaced with potholes as drivers now must avoid craters several feet wide.

Road crews were out across the Ohio Valley Wednesday as the weather, for the first time in a long time, cooperated long enough to fix a few potholes.

Most of the potholes in the Valley are formed because of the freezing and thawing process during extremely cold temperatures which causes cracks in the pavement to expand.

The Ohio Department of Transportation uses two methods to fill potholes, one for quick fixes on massive potholes and another for long term fixes and they start with the routes that affect the most drivers.

“We spend a lot of time on our priority routes, Interstate 70, Route 40 and some of the higher volume traffic roads,” said Dave Schafer, the director of ODOT in Belmont County. “We put crews out everyday on each and every route we have because they are very numerous but we don’t segregate out where we go first or what we do at that time.”

The ODOT crews worked Wednesday on fixing potholes along I-70 since it the most heavily traveled and National Road due to the increased traffic from the Marion Street Bridge project.

Schafer says they currently have two crews out everyday to tackle the pothole issue and says with warmer weather comes significantly better road conditions.

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