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NCDOT: winter storm budget crunch won't affect pothole repairs

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A budget crunch at the North Carolina Department of Transportation will not affect pothole repairs after recent winter storms, a spokesperson said.

The NCDOT is about $12 million over budget for snow removal after a string of unexpected winter weather storms. 

NCDOT Communications Supervisor Steve Abbott says that money will come out of the maintenance budget, which includes pothole repairs.  Abbott says less urgent maintenance items, such as summer grass mowing might be put on hold, but potholes caused by the winter storms are being fixed quickly because it's a safety issue.

"They can cause damage to your vehicle obviously. They can cause an accident," Abbott said.  "You could bounce off.  Some people swerve, which we ask you please don't do.  You want to slow down and sort of drift, ride it out if you can."

Potholes are caused by melting snow and ice that gets into asphalt cracks.  When that liquid refreezes, it expands and breaks up the road.  Traffic driving over top of it can make the situation worse, causing a pothole.

You can report a pothole by calling 1-877-DOT-4YOU or go to NCDOT's website.

Derick Waller

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