2,300 pothole reports send Wake County DOT crews into overdrive
Road maintenance crews have been especially busy around Wake County this year as the number of potholes reported more than doubled from the same time last year.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation took almost 950 reports of potholes by the end of March last year. But this year, crews have already taken more than 2,300 reports of holes in the road.
So many reports have come in this year that DOT crews worked six day weeks in March to get all of the holes patched.
DOT officials said the reason for all the potholes this year is a series of freezing and thawing temperatures in January and February that put pressure on the pavement. Typically, peak pothole season is January through March, but reports tend to taper off in April.
Raleigh is also working to patch holes around the city. From January 1 until April 2, city crews have fixed 795 holes, which is down almost 200 from the same period last year.
To report a pothole, DOT officials recommend using the form on its website. Drivers can give crews a location and description of the hole so they can find it.