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Plague of Potholes Returns to Region

Now that we’ve gone through the most recent attack of snow and ice, and the rain has made its presence known, a familiar scourge is once again visiting the region:

The pothole.

They’re everywhere. They’re on side streets and main roads. They are all over Main and Market streets in Wheeling, have bloomed like a fungus along Interstates 70 and 470; frankly, they’re everywhere.

We’ve had a lot of snow this winter, and now that February’s colder-than-average temperatures have been replaced by a warmer-than-average start to March, it’s a sure bet that asphalt will crumble, and holes, large and small, will emerge.

And, it’s likely to continue until — or even after — spring arrives on March 20.

We drive the same roads that you do and experience their condition on a daily basis. There’s no easy solution to be offered — only patience. Efforts to patch won’t be effective until the weather warms up. Until then, take it easy while driving. Watch speeding into puddles because that water could be hiding a wheel-bending hole. Be cautious on roads where you know holes are and watch for other drivers trying to avoid the worst of them. Hopefully, they’ll do the same for you.

Soon, hot asphalt will be available and those same crews who have worked valiantly trying to keep the streets passable all winter will be working just as hard to make more lasting improvements.

Don’t hesitate to report your “favorite” potholes to your local government, but remember, we’re all in this together, and a little understanding about the situation will certainly be appreciated.

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