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Harsh winter causes more potholes to pop up in Kentucky

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - It’s a side effect of this long winter we've had--those pesky potholes have been popping up everywhere from neighborhood streets to interstates.

Road crews tell us they're doing the best they can to make your ride smoother.

Take a quick drive up I-75 from Lexington to Georgetown and it won't take long for you to start spotting them.

“As the water gets into the cracks in the asphalt, it freezes then expands and eventually melts which forms potholes,” said Barry Fraley, an employee at S&S Tire in Lexington.

Transportation officials say this pothole problem typically starts popping up around this time of year.

“The extreme temperatures that Kentucky is famous for make the pothole problem worse. The pavement also takes an extra beating with the salt from the snow plows,” said Nancy Albright, Deputy State Highway Engineer for Project Delivery and Preservation at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

The harsh winter has also kept crews busy treating and plowing roads which has left them with less time to patch potholes along the interstate--which is where they can become the most problematic.

“You have to be prepared and the faster you’re going, the less time you have to be prepared for them,” Albright explained.

Aside from being difficult to maneuver around, potholes can also cause quite a bit of damage to your car if you can't avoid them.

“We are seeing a lot of people coming in with bent wheels. A lot of times the potholes will lock the alignment up and if you hit a big enough pothole you can bend a wheel,” Fraley told WKYT on Wednesday.

In order to combat this problem, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet road crews will patch potholes every day the weather permits.

Officials say the most helpful thing you can do is report potholes you see along state routes to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

They say it’s also important to be attentive and patient while crews work to patch the problem areas.

Motorists can report potholes in Kentucky by calling 1-877-FOR-KYTC.

You can also visit the following link to report potholes:

http://transportation.ky.gov/Pages/Report-a-Pothole.aspx


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