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Drivers Dealing with Potholes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- This warmer weather may have led many people to get out on the roads this weekend.

However, if you were out you likely noticed a big problem: potholes.

For drivers, they seem to be everywhere.

"I almost feel like I'd rather not drive sometimes," said Emmanuel Perez.

For Perez, the potholes are taking a toll on his already fading car struts.

"Kinda feels like the wheels are going to fall off sometimes," said Perez.

Anyone who's taken a drive down these roads knows exactly what he's talking about.

The periods of extreme cold followed warmth have taken their toll.

"You get what starts out as a crack, water seeps in, it freezes it and expands it, and it breaks," said Brent Walker, a spokesperson for the Department of Highways.

It's been a busy few months for Walker and the DOH, with rock and mudslides adding to the perfect storm of bizarre conditions.

"Probably unprecedented," said Walker. "We haven't seen that in decades."

Unfortunately for drivers, with many asphalt factories closed until spring, current fixes will just be bandaids.

"We really have to rely on the cold mix," said Walker.

They are temporary patches the DOH hopes will hold together until the temperatures rise for good.

The state budgets $55 million every year for snow removal and pothole repair. If they go over that amount, they will have to cut in other areas such as having a shorter paving season or sacrificing mowing in the median.


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