Pothole problems are winter’s fault

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – Potholes have been popping up all over the Midstate and there has been no shortage of them in York County.

“The roads look like they are cracking up a lot,” said Thomas Matakonis of Red Lion.

It’s that time of the year when roads develop those pesky potholes that are a nuisance for drivers.

“It hurts every time you hit one of them. I try to avoid them, but sometimes you don’t see them in time,” Matakonis said.

That pain of being jarred while hitting a pothole can land your car in the body shop.

“What we’re starting to see is more bent wheels,” said Gary Bankos, owner of Jim’s Auto Repair in York.

Bankos added that if drivers continue to hit pothole after pothole, it will deteriorate wheels and shift the alignment.

“If you damage any of those components as far as steering and suspension goes, you have critical problems. You got to get them fixed right away,” Bankos said.

We found significant potholes around York County on Cape Horn Road, the I-83 overpass and while driving down Market Street.

“This week, we have had a lot of potholes break out. We’ve had a lot of crews repairing,” said Mike Martin, PennDOT’s maintenance manager in York County.

Martin says if you think it’s shoddy repair work that causes those potholes, think again.

“Water or snow seeps under the roadway. When it freezes, the ground expands. Then, you have a thawing cycle. The ground goes back to normal and now you have a gap behind the roadway and the ground, and as traffic runs over that gap it creates a pothole,” Martin said.

So, if you want to blame anyone, blame Old Man Winter.

PennDOT has a pothole hotline. You can call them to notify them of a pothole at 1-800-FIX-ROAD.

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