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Pothole Repairs in Ohio Delayed, Expected to Begin this Week
COLUMBUS (Andrew Michael/Kate Liebers) -- Huge potholes have been popping up across central Ohio, and more are expected to appear before the spring.
The storms that have exacerbated the pothole problems are also creating delays for repair crews. During the last two major snowfalls, city workers have been busy simply keeping the snow off the streets.
"This last storm took just about all the time just to get the streets cleared," said Frank Wiseman of Westerville Public Services.
Westerville crews are expected to finish plowing the residential roads by Monday afternoon. After that task is complete, workers are to begin switching their focus to smoothing out the potholes.
Despite the new road damage, officials from several communities reported fewer pothole problems than in years past.
In Gahanna, a little over 700 potholes were recorded so far this year -- a decrease from the more than 1,800 holes reported last year for January through March.
Yet officials are expecting that number to bump up when the temperature starts to rise.
"I would anticipate a few more because of the deep freeze and as it thaws that back up we will see the potholes," Wiseman said.
Motorists are advised to drive cautiously. To report potholes in the Columbus area, call the 311 hotline.
For more information about the damage potholes can cause a vehicle, click here.