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State to concentrate funding efforts on pothole repair after severe winter season

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Pennsylvania will be spending $180 million to repair roads after a severe winter. (Stock photo)
Pennsylvania will be spending $180 million to repair roads after a severe winter. (Stock photo)

It was a long, hard winter and Pennsylvania’s roadways are showing it, so Gov. Tom Wolf has announced a $180 million statewide initiative “Resurface PA” to repair potholes and resurface interstates.

“PennDOT has been at work on this problem for many months, but the severe temperature swings through the winter have created ideal conditions for continued pavement challenges,” Gov. Wolf said. “We are further increasing our focus on pothole repairs and also accelerating much-needed work on our interstates.”

Governor Wolf directed PennDOT to dedicate as many resources as possible to pothole and pavement repairs. The department has prioritized $22.3 million for immediate pothole repairs through June 30, which translates into nearly 30,000 tons of patching material.

The state will invest an additional $7 million in seven interstate maintenance projects covering potholes and other repairs on 78 miles of roads this year.

With the state’s severe freeze-thaw cycle, its roadways are extremely susceptible to potholes.

PennDOT crews are working to repair pothole damage on nearly 40,000 miles of state-owned roads, addressing higher traffic roads first and working on others as soon as possible.

The governor noted that repair work on potholes up until this point was temporary because long-lasting asphalt is not available until the weather warms and asphalt plants open operations.

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