ODOT works to fix potholes caused by roller coaster winter weather

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The month of February is keeping crews with the Ohio Department of Transportation busy with snow and ice removal, water main breaks and potholes. 

The weather is perfect — just perfect for a new nasty pothole. 

Lisa Knox had a rough Wednesday morning along with several drivers whose tires took a beating from a pothole on Interstate 270 West on the south side. 

“As soon as I hit it I felt the tire start to thump and the car started to pull,” said Knox.

It’s not uncommon to see abandoned cars with flat tires on the side of the road or rims rolling across the interstate. 

“Unfortunately, we see these big temperature swings and that’s what we get is potholes,” said Matt Bruning, a spokesman with the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Bruning says the seasonal freeze and thaw patterns are the biggest cause of these potholes. 

Crews are using a cold-mix to patch the potholes.  

But this is only a temporary fix.

Rain and snow will likely wash the mixture out. 

“It also washes out some of the other patches we’ve already done. So a lot of the holes we are patching right now, those potholes were filled a week or so ago,” said Bruning.

Bruning says if crews do not fill the potholes with the temporary mixture those potholes could expand even further. 

This may not be the solution drivers want, but it fixes the chances of a bigger problem. 

“Once we get towards March we will get more of a permanent fix out there for these roads. “

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