Crews battle abundance of potholes in HR

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Now that the weather is warming up, those pesky potholes are are everywhere — from the interstates to the back country roads. But there are more than usual this year, and road crews are having to be more aggressive with repairs.

Driver Liz Sykes told WAVY.com she’s been trying to dodge potholes on the road, but she’s noticed lots of them.

Photos: Pothole Repairs Underway

“I think it’s been hard for the Department of Transportation to keep up with the repairs because there’s been so much snow and bad weather this year,” Sykes said.

And she’s right. The moisture gets into the cracks in the roadway and the cracks expands when the moisture freezes. Then thaws and traffic help knock the pavement out of place. So all the snow and precipitation this winter has caused a bumpy ride for drivers and a lot of work for road crews.

Road crews have begun putting in permanent patches. A Norfolk public works crew was using hot mix to repair potholes along St. Paul’s Boulevard on Thursday.

“It’s a combination of sand and aggregate mix that is put into the surface of where the opening is, and then we have a construction roller go over it and compact it own so that it creates a bond giving it a smooth finish,” said Jeneen White of Norfolk Public Works.

Still, crews are having a hard time keeping up. In Norfolk, almost 300 potholes were patched last month, and since January the city spent almost $75,000 on repairs. White said the city has had to adjust their budget to cover the cost.

To keep the battle against potholes going, a number of the seven cities are holding pothole repair blitzes this month. Norfolk is calling April pothole repair month and the city is encouraging people to report pothole locations. In Portsmouth, paving operations will start on a large portion of the heavily-traveled High Street.

To report a pothole on a state-maintained roadway, which encompasses most highways and interstates, check out the Virginia Department of Transportation’s website.

To report a pothole on a city-maintained roadway, find the info from your city below:

  • Chesapeake: You can report a pothole here in the City of Chesapeake. Or call 757-382-CITY.
  • Hampton: If you need to report a pothole in Hampton, call the city’s Customer Call Center at 311 or 757-727-8311 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. 7 days a week.
  • Newport News: To report a pothole in Newport News call 757-933-2311.
  • Norfolk: Call the Norfolk Cares Center at 757-664-6510. Or you can “report a concern” on the front page of the website.
  • Portsmouth: Report a pothole by calling the Public Works Department at 757-393-8666.
  • Suffolk: Click here to report a pothole in the City of Suffolk.
  • Virginia Beach: Click here to fill out the form. Or call 757-385- 1470 to report a pothole. You can also email pwclrk@vbgov.com. Try to provide the specific address of the pothole or the two cross streets.
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