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Frigid Temperatures Could Worsen Pothole Problem

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The frigid temperatures across the Upstate could worsen area pothole problems, breaking apart roadways and widening existing holes. The frigid temperatures across the Upstate could worsen area pothole problems, breaking apart roadways and widening existing holes.
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The frigid temperatures across the Upstate could worsen area pothole problems, breaking apart roadways and widening existing holes.

SCDOT spokesman Jason Allison said the colder temperatures can freeze moisture underneath the roadways, causing potholes when the road eventually thaws out.

Allison said SCDOT receives at least 100 pothole reports each month on Business 85. He said crews are dispatched to patch the holes twice per week, but can't do repairs in the cold because they use hot asphalt.

Connie Wyatt of Liberty dodges potholes on her way to work every day, and said it's only a matter of time before one does damage. "I just worry about my car," she said, "and I know where they are so I try to just avoid them."

SCDOT accepts claims from those whose vehicles were damaged from potholes on state-maintained roads. Those interested in filing a claim must do so within a year. The state then has six months to decide whether it wants to pay or deny the claim.
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