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Snow respite brings pothole fixes in Connecticut

Posted On Mon, February 14, 2011

Since Christmas, it's been one snowstorm after another for the New England area. But the region got a much-needed respite last week, so Connecticut's Department of Public Works took advantage by filling potholes littering many of the state's streets.

"Mother Nature has wreaked havoc on our streets," said Bill Finch, the mayor of Bridgeport. "But our public works crews are out there every day filling and patching potholes as fast as we find them .... ."

According to Bridgeport's public facilities director, Charles Carroll, 80 tons of cold patch have been used thus far in the filling process. Cold patch is an asphalt repair product.

Potholes gradually form in road surfaces when water seeps into cracks on or on the sides of pavement. The constant freezing and thawing of this water in the winter leads to the gradual wearing away of tar.

Because most state-required liability auto insurance policies don't cover damages relating to potholes, hitting one can cost a motorist hundreds of dollars. According to, the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Assoication recently launched a website that allows motorists to pinpoint where potholes are in the city so they can be fixed.


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