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Are Potholes Plaguing You? Report Them to the County

Montgomery County residents are asked to report troublesome potholes as crews work to fix the roads in the next two weeks.

Montgomery County residents are asked to report troublesome potholes as crews work to fix the roads in the next two weeks. File|Patch
Montgomery County residents are asked to report troublesome potholes as crews work to fix the roads in the next two weeks. File|Patch

Starting today, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation will conduct a blitz to fill the county’s potholes.

The department repairs potholes every day of the year except during rain and snow. But, over the next two weeks, the department will devote about 60 percent of its resources to filling potholes and replacing damaged road sections, according to a news release.

“This year’s cold and snowy winter has been rough on all of us and particularly rough on our County roads,” said Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett. “MCDOT’s enhanced efforts to fill potholes during the brief February warm spell was very successful, with 2,600 filled in a few days.

"Division of Highway Services crews are out in full force once again to get our roads into the kind of shape our residents and visitors expect of Montgomery County. I want to thank our staff for their tireless efforts to keep the roads clear of ice and snow during this long winter season and for all they do to repair and maintain our transportation infrastructure.”

The department relies on resident reports of potholes, and repair crews also stop to fill any other potholes encountered as they make their rounds.

Residents can report potholes online or by calling the MC311 Call Center at 311 or 240-777-0311, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Drivers are asked to be cautious and patient when encountering crews filling potholes.

MCDOT fills potholes on 5,000 lane miles of County-maintained roads. The Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA) fills potholes, plows snow and maintains numbered routes in the County, such as Maryland routes 355 or 97. MSHA can be reached at 301-513-7300. In addition, municipalities, such as the cities of Rockville or Gaithersburg, handle their own repairs.

Justin case April 04, 2014 at 01:16 PM
Someone needs to get Baltimore city & county to do the same. But hey, it's mother nature's speed bumps, so maybe that's why bmore is in no hurry to fix them

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