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MoCo Goes On Pothole Fixing Push During Lull In Cold Weather

By Aaron Kraut

Thursday - 2/20/2014, 10:30am  ET

Pothole on Woodmont Avenue near Battery Lane

With the temperature reaching 60 degrees in the next few days, Montgomery County is making a push to fill potholes from last week’s winter weather with extra equipment and hot mix asphalt.

The hot mix asphalt is more durable, according to county officials, but can only be poured in warmer temperatures.

With more cold predicted for next week, the county’s Department of Transportation is acting now to repair the most potholes it can.

“This has been a rough winter for all of us and particularly for our County roads,” County Executive Isiah Leggett said in a prepared statement. “While we welcome the warm weather, it does accelerate pothole formation. That’s why our Division of Highway Services crews are out in full force to ensure that our roads are in decent shape before another storm hits. I want to thank our staff for their tireless efforts to keep the roads clear of ice and snow and for all they do to repair and maintain our transportation infrastructure.”

MCDOT repairs potholes on 5,000 lane miles of county-maintained every day of the year, except during rain and snow events. The State Highway Administration is responsible for potholes on major state routes.

MCDOT is asking for residents to report potholes on county roads by calling the 311 call center or 240-777-0311. It’s also asking driver to be cautious and patient when they see crews filling potholes.