Wolf throws asphalt at state's pothole problem

Mike Dougherty
May 30, 2018 - 7:30 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Weather ruined the roads more than usual this year, eating up tires and denting wheels throughout the region.

The amount of potholes in Pennsylvania is unfathomable, too, so Gov. Tom Wolf is throwing asphalt at the problem — and cash at PennDOT.

PennDOT has already spent $5 million fixing potholes in the five-county region — $3 million more than last year. A combination of state and federal funding will go a long way toward smoothing it over. 

Wolf took matters into his own hands, tossing asphalt into a pothole on Columbus Boulevard with a golden shovel.

"I drive a Jeep, and I feel the imperfections," noted Wolf. "Instead of complaining about it, let's do something about it. PennDOT is doing a phenomenal job."

The state has one of the nation's largest state-maintained highway systems. This past winter was notably worse than usual, he said, hitting the roads hard.

Wolf said the state already had plans to fix hundreds of miles of roads before the harsh winter weather.

"This $181 million is actually over and above that money and is really focused on the damage that was done this winter," he added.

Federal funding included about $30 million, and the state and PennDOT came up with the rest.

"We're doing everything we can to fix this," Wolf said.

To report a pothole in need of repair, call 1-800-FIX-ROAD.