Pot hole season hits the Eastern Shore

In the span of two months we've gone from the most wonderful time of the year to the most rocky, bumpy, unpleasant time of the year at least if you're behind the wheel. It's pothole season across Delmarva and that means residents are dipping and dodging as they go from point a to point b.

"Water is our enemy. Cold temperatures are our enemy," said Wicomico County Roads Division Superintendent Lee Outen.

Outen and his crew are battling against mother nature to fix the pot holes across Wicmoico County that are hazardous to drivers.

"On days when it's raining like this you really can't do a whole lot with the pot holes. Water can penetrate a road service especially on older pavements and then you have freeze and thaw cycles then you have an expansion and contraction," said Outen.

Following the blizzard of 2018 the freezing, thawing, and weather conditions were certain to create potholes along the eastern shore.

"When you have the amount of ice that we had and that ice gets down inside the cracks it starts raising up the asphalt it's going to break apart in places it never had pot holes before all of a sudden you've got potholes," said Peninsula Total Car Care President David Bierman.

Without question hitting potholes can damage your vehicle, but there are some ways that you can keep that damage at a minimum.

"Try to avoid the pot hole, but not at the detriment of losing control of the vehicle. If you have to go through the pot hole slow down as slow as you can," said Bierman.

If you do end up hitting a pot hole Bierman encourages drivers to come in to get their vehicles checked even if you don't think your car suffered any damage.

"Now you'll never know but you could get what's called an impact brake on the side of the tire so you can be riding along with damage to the tire not even know it you could have a huge bubble in the side that could pop at any time," said Bierman.

And the cost to repair your car from hitting pot holes can be expensive.

"Tires these days aren't cheap. You're spending up between anywhere near $80-$120 typically on most tires," said Peninsula Total Car Care Manager Rondell Dennis.

Officials say they plan to start construction on roads in the spring– to help decrease the amount of pot holes that may appear in the future.

"This road in particular and like a lot of the ones on our county website they're going to be milled and paved this spring we have quite a big list to do this spring and we're anxious to get that done," said Outen.

And Outen adds that crews are working tirelessly to fix the pot hole problems to keep drivers safe, and if you see a pot hole that needs to be fixed to call the Wicomico County Roads Division at is 410-548-4872. 



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