Pothole Patrol: Commuters, Workers Deal With Problems

Beltway closures expected for pothole patching

Tuesday, Jan 5, 2010  |  Updated 8:45 PM EDT
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Pothole Patrol: Commuters, Repair Crews Deal With Pothole Problems

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Pothole Patrol: Commuters, Repair Crews Deal With Pothole Problems

It's a bumpy ride for drivers who have to deal with potholes.
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It's a bumpy ride for commuters. Potholes are popping up all over the metro area, and drivers are trying to dodge the deep cracks.

"There's quite a few that are pretty severe," said driver David Norman.

"You have to dart in and out all over the road so you won't fall into one," said driver Paula Silberberg.
 
The Virginia Department of Transportation turned loose the aptly-named “Pothole Killer” on Fairfax County roads Tuesday. The state is racing to fill the cracked and bumpy roads before crews have to prepare for the next winter storm.
 
"It's hard this time of year," said VDOT's Jenni McCord. "It's a lot of back and forth when the weather stays like this."
 
It’s gotten so bad along a stretch of the Wilson Bridge Project, there will be nightly emergency pothole repairs this week.
 
Two lanes of  the Inner Loop between Route 1 and the Eisenhower Connector will be closed starting Tuesday. The lane closures will begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening with traffic narrowed to one lane by 8:30 p.m.
 
All three lanes will be reopened by 5 a.m. the following day. Drivers are warned to expect backups.
 
Here's how you can report potholes to some cities and counties in the area:
 
 
Maryland:
Calvert County: 410-535-0905 for county roads; 410-535-1748 for state roads
Charles County: 800-595-7623
Frederick County: 301-694-1564
Howard County: 410-313-7450
St. Mary's County: 301-863-8400 for county roads; 301-475-8035 for state roads
MD State Highway Administration: 800-323-MSHA
 
Virginia:
Alexandria: 703-838-4488
Arlington County: 703-228-6570
Fairfax City: 703-385-7980
Fairfax County/Northern Virginia: 703-383-8368

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