Peeved about potholes? PennDOT says call

PennDOT issued a reminder to motorists on Wednesday, April 1, that it wants to know about the location of particularly problematic potholes on state roads.

Craters in Delaware County can be reported by calling 610-566-0972. Complaints about Chester County’s axle-eaters should be directed to 484-340-3200. Reports can also be made online at by clicking on “submit feedback” on the lower left-hand side of the page.

“Extreme temperature changes and precipitation this past winter has caused a severe outbreak of potholes on older surfaces,” said PennDOT Acting District Executive Christine Reilly in a press release. “We encourage citizens to report pothole locations to our toll-free number or online, so crews can repair them as quickly as possible.”

As weather permits, PennDOT crews are working daily to repair potholes on state highways throughout the five-county Philadelphia region. Crews have placed 4,000 tons of patching material on state roads in the region since Dec. 1, 2014, the release said.

A pothole develops when water seeps below the road through small cracks in the pavement surface. As the water repeatedly freezes and thaws due to temperature fluctuations, a cavity forms below the surface and larger cracks develop, which destroys the strength of the pavement.

When reporting a pothole, citizens are asked to be as specific as possible when providing pothole locations or other maintenance concerns such as deer removal or signing issues. For state routes, citizens must report the county, municipality, street name and route number, or the state route (SR) number that can be found on small black‑and‑white signs posted along state roadways. Citizens should also provide a description of any familiar landmarks that will help PennDOT locate the problem area.



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