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Pothole Patrol: Warm temps wreaking havoc on roads. Where are the potholes in your town?

Large deep pothole in Montreal street, Canada.

Central Pennsylvania has seen some dramatic temperature changes in the last few weeks, going from unseasonably warm to freezing in the span of a few days.

The warm weather has been great for anyone who's ready for spring.

Not so great? The effect the back-and-forth temperatures have on roads.

According to PennDOT, the dramatic temperature swings have led to an increasing number of potholes on state-maintained roads.

“Potholes can form literally overnight and that’s what we’re seeing with these temperature swings,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said in a statement. “This year we are seeing more concerns than usual and our crews are working aggressively to make repairs whenever weather permits.”

PennDOT noted that crews used more than 9,600 tons of asphalt to repair potholes statewide and invested nearly $7.2 million in pothole repair through the end of February 2018.

By comparison, crews only used about 6,000 tons of asphalt to repair potholes by the same time in 2017, and 3,607 tons in 2016.

According to PennDOT, crews are addressing higher traffic roadways first on nearly 40,000 miles of state-owned roadway.

Repairs will be temporary until the weather stays warm and longer-lasting materials are available.

If you need to report a pothole, visit www.customercare.penndot.gov or call PennDOT at 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623).

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