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What the Heck, Leck? : Comparing Pennsylvania Roads

They`re the pitfalls for our tires: potholes ! And lately they seem to be opening up swallowing parts of our cars and leaving bad memories behind.

“I was going through Huntsville dam, there was a big pothole that hit and it sucked the life out of my tire and ruined my rim,” said Cynthia Mahalick of Dallas said.

“It felt like it hit another vehicle. The hub cap goes flying, the tire went flat, rim got bent. I`ve had that experience in northeast PA,” said Carmen Ferranti of Pittston.

“It does make me really angry because it`s a pain,” said Erika Sims.

A pain that makes many of us feel.

“I travel the whole east coast.  From Maryland to New Orleans. Every state I`ve been there. It`s smooth sailing,” said Sal Shandra of Pittston.

“It`s like going from a crappy car, to a luxury car, You`re like ‘Ah, nice’,” said Shandra.

“You know you`re in Pennsylvania as soon as you hit the line. Because the roads are so bad compared to other states,” said Mahalick.

“My tax dollars aren`t going where they need to go,” said Mahalick.

Are the potholes worse here in Pennsylvania than they are in Washington D.C.?`

“Honestly, they`re not.  The potholes are just as bad in Washington D.C. and I don`t know when they`re going to fix them.  I still think you should complain, but I think we should both get to complain,” said Amanda Haines of Washington, D.C.

And when it comes to your message to the people with the power to patch those craters, this one might just echo what`s on your mind.

“It`d be great if you can get it done. It`d be really appreciated. Especially for the people who are a little harder off who can`t afford the car repairs. That some of the potholes might cause,” said Victoria Novajosky of Nicholson.

So how do you get those problematic potholes fixed? We checked with the people with the power to patch the craters.

First thing you should know is ‘who’ is responsible to fix the pothole. Penndot? Your local community`s street crew? Or someone else?

If the road has a route number, like Route 29 or Route 347, you know it`s a state road and PennDOT`s responsibility.

Here`s another way to tell if it’s PennDOT`s responsibility to fix a pothole: look for these little black and white signs. They all start with the letters S.R., for state route. The number could be two, three, or four digits.

You can call PennDOT’s pothole hotline: 1-800-FIX-ROAD.

Now if it’s not a state road, the potholes may be the responsibility of your community, or a private developer like on roads around a shopping center.

The best thing is to contact your local municipality.

And one more thing: if you get a flat, take pictures of the road, the damage, and car. Take that bill to your local municipality! Sometimes, you’ll get reimbursed! It`s a case by case basis.


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