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Posted Monday, March 9, 2015
Raleigh, NC - The cold, wet winter we have experienced in Chatham, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond and Scotland counties means more potholes will be popping up over the coming months. N.C. Department of Transportation’s top priority is safety. That’s why NCDOT has its patching crews out in full force attacking potholes.
Because potholes can quickly form without warning, NCDOT urges motorists to pay special attention to the roadway and be on the lookout. Potholes are common during winter months when moisture seeps into cracks in the pavement, freezes, expands and then thaws. When the ice expands, it causes the cracks to widen and the asphalt layer to rise. Traffic then loosens the pavement, which eventually creates a pothole.
The location, size and depth of the pothole determine its priority. Potholes within travel lanes of major routes will be first priority. Potholes on shoulders will be less of a priority, as will shallow ones.
Since most asphalt plants are not operating during winter months and “hot mix” asphalt is not available, crews will use “cold patch,” as well as spray patchers, to fix the holes as an interim treatment. “Cold patch” is a premix that NCDOT stockpiles for winter pothole response. Crews will perform permanent patches with hot mix when it is available.
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