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Potholes a winter concern in township

Thursday, March 12, 2015 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Whitehall Township Public Works Department crews are dealing with potholes along with snow and ice this winter.

Potholes have formed on roads throughout the township.

John Rackus, township public works director, said crews have been able to stay on top of the snow and ice, mentioning some of the light snowfalls can pose just as many problems as a larger storm because of putting the plows into action.

The cold weather takes its toll, requiring use of road salt and anti-skid materials.

While streets have not been affected with potholes very much this year since temperatures have not been above freezing for most of the winter, they are still a concern.

"They are still around," Rackus said.

He said when his personnel observe potholes, a crew is dispatched to fill it before it worsens.

"We are using cold patch. When the plant opens in the next few weeks, there will be hot macadam out into the road depression and tamped," according to Rackus.

The township expects the potholes to occur before spring, when rain and warmer weather arrives.

Rackus said getting delivery of road salt has been problematic, but something the department can cope with.

"We expect to use the same amount of road salt as last winter," Rackus said.