Pothole patrol: Notice a rut in Utica? Make sure you report it

The Utica Department of Public Works is filling potholes as fast as they appear..

Posted: Mar 4, 2019 5:42 PM
Updated: Mar 5, 2019 9:29 AM

UTICA, N.Y. - For the Utica Department of Public Works potholes are a sign that winter is near its end.

According to the DPW Commissioner Dave Short, they have been dealing with winter since November first and have been filling in potholes as much as they can.

However, due to the thawing and re freezing of water on the roads potholes can reappear just as quickly as they can fill them in.

These are a temporary fix until warmer weather arrives and the material used to fix the pothole is allowed to settle into the hole.

Heavy traffic also contributes to the creation of new potholes and the worsening of existing ones.

“We keep very busy, with either way, but we are out there. The City of Utica Department of Public Works has been actively out there filling potholes. This year has just been an extremely rough year because of our freeze thaw cycles all winter long. It really creates a lot of havoc on our roads,” said Dave Short, the commissioner of the City of Utica Public Works

If you want to report any potholes to the DPW you can call: 315-738-1341 or use the 311 app.

To report any potholes to the New York State Department of Transportation you can call: 1-800-768-4653

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