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With Snow and Ice Melting, Potholes Popping Up in Central Ohio

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines/Rob Wells) -- With snow and ice that have covered central Ohio roads finally melting, drivers are forced to deal with several potholes now exposed to passing vehicles.

The wicked winter in central Ohio has led to a rise in the number of potholes reported to the Columbus Department of Public Service, which has received 1700 such reports since December.

"We're seeing a lot of potholes this year because of the weather and the up and down of the temperatures," said the department's assistant director, Rick Tilton.

While Tilton blames Mother Nature for many of the problems, he also credits her with enabling workers to turn their attention from snow-plowing to pothole-repair amid warmer temperatures.

"Because it is above freezing today, we will be using a hot mix and will be patching tonight -- the third shift overnight will be patching," he said.

Workers will use a temporary cold patch to fill potholes when temperatures take an expected dip, according to Tilton.

As drivers discover potholes around Columbus, they are reminded by city officials to report the problems to the local government by calling 311, or by visiting the 311 website.
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