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NCDOT crews work to fill potholes

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - It’s the season of potholes and drivers are taking notice.

Once water makes its way into cracks and freezes, it expands. That’s what cracks the pavement and creates holes in the road.

The Pitt County division of the North Carolina Department of Transportation has three crews working this week to fill potholes. It’s all part of what they call routine maintenance.

Drivers say this type of maintenance can’t get done soon enough. The DOT’s first priority is filling potholes on primary and four-lane roads. Then, crews will start working on secondary roads and neighborhoods.

One crew works in Pitt County to patch several holes in the Lake Glenwood subdivision. Folks who live there say crews have to fill holes every few months.

"Since I complained last year, they've been around very often,” said homeowner Joe Sullivan. “They filled that pothole there back before winter started and they just filled one at the end of the street. The supervisor said they'd be back when the weather gets warmer and they'll put hot patch in there then."

This week, crews are using a cold mix, which quickly fills the hole. The DOT’s preferred method is to use hot mix which is similar to pavement. It fills the hole and coats the road to make the whole area smooth.

Drivers are encouraged to report potholes to the NCDOT. Call the department at 1-877-368-4968 or fill out the online form by clicking here.

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