Wild Weather Blamed For Early Pothole Patching Season

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HANOVER TOWNSHIP – One road supervisor in Luzerne County told Newswatch 16 that the pothole patching season has started earlier than previous years because of recent rain, snow and drastic changes in temperature.

“Whenever you have a cold spell, then you have a warm spell and the rain, it has a tendency of breaking up the (pavement), and potholes appear overnight,” said George Andrejko.

Crews in Hanover Township said they used about seven tons of cold patch to temporarily repair rough roads in just one day, costing about $6,000.

Nathan Thompson said he had a noticeably bumpier commute on Thursday morning and that he expects a long pothole repair season ahead.

"They've been terrible. With the freezing and thawing, it just pushes the road up. I hit one this morning, I thought I was going to lose my tires,” said Thompson. “After seeing a couple snowflakes falling, I think it’s going to be a long winter yet. They’re probably going to be fixing potholes for quite a while.”