Central Ohio thaw brings out pothole problems, with rain on the way


    Now that the big thaw is here, a plethora of potholes have been unveiled on central Ohio roads. (WSYX/WTTE)

    Now that the big thaw is here, a plethora of potholes have been unveiled on central Ohio roads.

    "I'm bobbing and weaving potholes," says driver Don Williams. "It's really bad.”

    While ODOT says they're working as quickly as possible to fill them, the huge swing in temperatures is wreaking havoc on pavement.

    "Last weekend was five below, now we got 55 degrees," says Doc Workman with ODOT. "That's like fertilizers for potholes. They grow really fast,”

    We found patches of potholes on roads Monday. Many drivers we talked to are finding plenty of potholes, on and off the highways.

    "I've noticed a few here of late, particularly here on (I)-670," says driver Bill Palmer. "My husband got a flat tire on third avenue in the Grandview area,” adds Margie Rotolo.

    With rain in the forecast this week, the problem could get even worse.

    "You see one of those puddles and you don't know if it's a puddle or a pothole so you just kind of have to drive around them," says Palmer. "That's what's scary."

    ODOT is asking drivers to slow down, move over, and pay attention to crews working to fix the pothole problem.

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