Scranton Crews Battling Pothole Problems

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SCRANTON -- It's been a roller coaster winter, and while you may not have been able to keep up, the streets of Scranton are having trouble, too. Yes, it's officially pothole season.

"They're horrible," said Greg Palmer. "Every time I turn around, I'm hitting something. You move to hit three and you end up hitting four more."

With quiet weather, at least for now, the city of Scranton has crews out cold patching potholes in an effort to make your commute a little less of a headache.

"My commute to work is pretty much day to day, in and out, weaving, watching potholes in the ground," said Anthony Tucker.

"You just swerve around, like you're playing Mario Kart, and you hope for the best," said Jason Andidora.

One city patch crew was focused on Meridian Avenue in west Scranton, a spot crews say has some of the bigger potholes.

The city plans to have one to two crews five days a week, weather permitting. During a normal week, crews will use about 30 tons of material to patch the craters.

"I think that's a good thing to do, but it doesn't stay long because as soon as the next snowfall comes, we're back to square one," Palmer added.

Cold patch is a temporary repair until the spring when crews can permanently fill the holes. It's a quick fix that could help save your car and your wallet from serious damage.

Drivers say living in northeastern Pennsylvania almost automatically means budgeting for pothole damage during the winter season.

"Living in Pennsylvania, it's always around this time, bam, pothole, pothole, car repairs," Tucker said.

Most blacktop plants open in the spring and that's when crews make the more permanent repairs.


  • Robert

    How about repairing Olyphant and Boulevard Avenues in the Green Ridge section of Scranton, all the way up to the Throop border. Huge craters on both sides of each stretch of roads. Both roads are impassable when it rains due to flooding. Someone is going to get hurt on those roads if not killed. Numerous complaints have been made over the years on both roads. All DPW does is “PATH N’ PRAY”. Both roads need to be dug up, new drainage needs to be put in and then new pavement. Fix it right and problem goes away, keep nickel and diming it, and problem will continue……..

  • eyeroll

    Meadow Ave is a disgrace! Especially at the CVS!!!!!!! The only way to have it freshly paved in the future is to blow a tire, be someone well-known in the area, and call the city to complain. Otherwise save your pennies for a new rim. *eye roll*

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