PennDOT on How Potholes are Made, and How They're Fixed

You can report potholes and other maintenance concerns to PennDOT.

You  can report potholes via PennDOT's toll-free hotline at 1-800-349-7623, or by visiting the department's Customer Care Center at www.dot.state.pa.us.

Jamie June 11, 2014 at 08:43 PM
First off bud. Don't start name calling as in childish. Second I a phd engineer. Third I NOT a government worker. Now road beds here are excavated to virgin earth. Geotech separation fabric is layed a ten to twelve inch stone base is layed and compacted to a specified density rating. Next a base hot asphalt mix of six inches is layed and compacted then a four inch binder course is layed and compacted then a wearing course of two and a half or two inches is layed and compacted. Very sustainable the US infrastructure is in desperate need of an over haul. Shall I start on the bridges. Or shall I start on the fact that debris from the ice storm of February still hasn't been cleaned up by the state or local twps. Or shall I go to the fact that most of the above workers are UNDER paid so as the saying goes. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR Obvious you are one that really has never Been out in the field actually get your hands dirty. Again take peek on 202 I guess in your opinion that's being done all wrong too. Do you know why the hot asphalt mix is under the concrete ??
Run the Gauntlet June 11, 2014 at 09:11 PM
As an Expert, the main question you should be asking yourself instead of me is " Why are my roads in such horrible shape?" Hint: "weather" and "funding" are not the main root-causes. Answer: Because the technologies I use, suck. Not sure about your other rambles. I'm just talking about the paved surfaces.
George Weiser June 12, 2014 at 06:30 AM
Jamie, Every time I pass a Pen Dot crew, I see two guys working and four or five standing around. Come on, wake up!
Frank Greene June 12, 2014 at 08:53 AM
Earlier this week I observed Penndot filling potholes on Street Road. Three trucks and three workers tossing asphalt into potholes. Some were overfilled while others were under-filled. None of which were tamped down to the existing rood surface. It just seems odd that this method of patching will last any period time, let alone next winter.
Jamie June 12, 2014 at 10:47 AM
Technologies aren't the root of the problem. As far as my rambling. Haha. Paved surfaces you say...... Well what's under them ???? Cracking of dryer out wearing course causes pot holes ... Water enters. Freezes and expands.


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