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How to Report and Avoid Potholes

AAA Mid-Atlantic provides tips. Repairs are up to PennDOT or local authorities, which take pothole reports in different ways.

Winter is often the worst time to drive in southeastern Pennsylvania, as a cycle of freezing and thawing causes pavement in some places to crumble into scattered potholes.

A recent news release from AAA Mid-Atlantic (attached to this article) outlines the dangers of potholes as well as tips for avoiding or mitigating the damage they cause.

A few excerpts:

  • The tire is the most important cushion between a car and a pothole. Make sure tires have enough tread and are properly inflated.
  • Make certain struts and shock absorbers are in good condition. Changes in vehicle handling, excessive vibration or uneven tire wear can indicate bad shocks or struts.
  • Use care when driving through puddles and treat them as though they may be hiding potholes.
  • A hard pothole impact can dislodge wheel weights, damage a tire or wheel, and bend or even break suspension components. Any new or unusual noises or vibrations that appear after hitting a pothole should be inspected immediately by a certified technician.

How to report potholes to authorities that can fix them depends on who owns the road.

  • In Philadelphia, drivers can call 311 or 215-686-5560, or visit the city's pothole webpage.
  • Outside of Philadelphia, PennDOT takes pothole reports at 800-FIX-ROAD (800-349-7623).
  • PennDOT's Chester County maintenance office can be reached at (484)340-3200. The county's Planning Commission recommends calling that number, or the municipality in question, to report a pothole.
  • The Delaware County Public Works department can be reached at 610-891-4668.
  • The Montgomery County department of Roads and Bridges can be called at 610-278-3613 during weekday hours or 610-275-1222 after hours. There is also an online feedback form.

Where have you seen particularly nasty potholes in our area? Please tell us in the comments section below.

C Sims February 22, 2013 at 01:16 PM
There's one on Roberts Rd. north of Montgomery that got me good the other day. Can't see it coming at night it's so dark over there.
L. Ferguson February 22, 2013 at 06:41 PM
THERE'S A BIG ONE AT INTERESECTION PAXON HOLLOW ROAD AND SPROUL ROAD (TD BANK ON CORNER) WHEN U MAKE YOUR RIGHTHAND TURN. THERES SEVERAL ALONG SPROUL ROAD -BOTH SIDES.
Assaggiatore February 22, 2013 at 10:40 PM
radnor police website has a tips section for traffic safety "Report unsafe road conditions" I reported one last night that is already fixed.

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