Due to this year’s brutal weather, the state Department of Transportation is already preparing for a long and difficult pothole repair season that will extend well into the spring. In a typical year, the department will repair about 160,000 potholes in total. But in just the past five months, it’s fixed about 100,000.
In order to deal with the problem “in the most aggressive and efficient manner” the department will be allowing repair crews to close travel lanes during daytime hours — including peak travel times for priority repairs. It’s also hired a contractor to complement its own efforts. To report a pothole in need of repair call 1-800-POTHOLE (1-800-768-4653).