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Pot Holes Popping Up Early

You are not alone if you have been trying your best to avoid pot holes. The Department of Transportation says pot hole reports are coming in earlier this year.
You are not alone if you have been trying your best to avoid pot holes. The Department of Transportation says pot hole reports are coming in earlier this year. 

It does not matter who you ask- everyone has noticed pot holes.

"There's definitely a lot of them and they're big," Sean Harrigan said. "I usually drive up and down Lake Avenue and there's definitely a lot on Lake Avenue right now." 

"[They're] pretty much all over; a lot on the city streets, East Avenue, Monroe Avenue. There's a lot of them," Dave Ararcia said.

Some drivers say if you live in western New York, you can expect pot holes to pop up every year.

"If you're in this city you just get used to pot holes. You just have to know it's part of the climate," John Ebbitt said.

Pot holes are more than a pest. They are dangerous. They are the reason a section of lane on I-490 is closed. The DOT says the right westbound lane near Churchville will be closed until further notice. 

"We found that motorists were trying to avoid them, so they were swerving into other lanes; they were hitting their brakes, they were hitting them, all sorts of problems," DOT spokeswoman Lori Maher said.

The agency is working to patch up pot holes, but says a permanent fix will not come until the weather breaks. 

"In the winter we have to use that temporary material because we don't manufacture the hot mix until the asphault plants open; and that's usually in the spring time," Maher said.

Until then, drivers say they will do their best to stay out of pot holes.

"Avoid them. You can count on a wheel alignment or bent wheel, that's the best I can tell you," Ebbitt said.

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