Feedback: It's Pothole Season In North Country


From big bumps to big potholes, the winter's snow, ice and cold have taken a toll on state, county and local roads.

"The frost is so deep and the dirt is just heaving back and forth and...the roads are just littered with potholes," said David Fenton, Potsdam village administrator

The harsh winter has not only made a number of potholes, it has broken pavement apart making it hard for motorists to drive.

"It's the same every year. We have to go through the same thing," said Robert Butler, motorist.

Each spring, motorists often find themselves maneuvering around heaving highways, broken pavement and those pesky nuisance potholes.

Potsdam town highway crews have been busy with pothole patching but there are so many popping up on local highways that temperatures need to rise before crews can switch from cold to hot patch for a more permanent repair.

"People just need to take it easy and drive careful and we'll try to get the roads maintained," said Wayne Andrus, Potsdam Highway Department.

The potholes and bumps also are keeping mechanics at repair shops like Barstow Motors busy.

"You could have broken springs, broken shock absorbers, struts," said  Steve Murray, Barstow Motors.

For now, all motorists can do is try to avoid those unpredictable potholes.   

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Sunday, December 4, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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