Thursday, March 17, 2016

MCDOT Conducts Intensive Effort to Fill Potholes

Earlier this month, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) began conducting an intensive effort to fill the County’s potholes. Since January, the department has filled more than 1,000 potholes reported through MC311 and others crews encountered as they made their rounds. MCDOT has been focusing on pothole repair by adding extra equipment and staff from all seven of MCDOT’s regional depots. MCDOT repairs potholes every day of the year except during rain and snow – and this year has been no exception. However, “Snowzilla” and the wide fluctuations in temperature over the last couple months have accelerated the creation of potholes, so crews will be out in force to aggressively respond.

“This has been a winter of extremes in temperature, which exacerbate formation of potholes on our County roads,” said Leggett. “That’s why our Division of Highway Services crews are out in full force to ensure that our roads are in decent shape. I want to thank our staff for their tireless efforts to keep the roads clear of ice and snow and for all they do to repair and maintain our transportation infrastructure.”

MCDOT relies on residents to report potholes through MC 311’s online system or by calling the MC311 Call Center at 311 or 240-777-0311, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Drivers are asked to be cautious and patient when encountering crews filling potholes.

MCDOT maintains over 5,200 lane miles of roads in Montgomery County. The Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA) fills potholes, plows snow and maintains numbered routes in the County, such as Maryland routes 355 or 97. MSHA can be reached at 301-513-7300 or online. In addition, municipalities, such as the cities of Rockville or Gaithersburg, handle their own repairs.