After the snow, a profusion of potholes
Snow-removal crews shift to filling in craters
City workers, from left, Everett Wicks, Teresa Blow and Barry Coleman make temporary patches to Boston Street. Permanent repairs will be done in warmer weather. (Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam / February 17, 2010)
Like the city, the state is seeking a balance between the need to remove snow and the urgency of filling potholes that develop on high-speed roads such as interstates.
"The same crews that are trying to truck out the snow are the same ones trying to fix the potholes," Edgar said.
The spokeswoman said the state typically tries to remedy pothole complaints within a single business day. But during this storm aftermath, she said, it is setting priorities one corridor at a time.
Edgar said that about 60 percent of the complaint calls the highway administration receives actually involve county or city roads. The SHA maintains routes with state route numbers outside Baltimore. State toll facilities and parts of Interstate 95 fall under the jurisdiction of the Maryland Transportation Authority.
The spokeswoman encouraged people who know of potholes on state highways to submit a service request form at http://marylandsha.force.com/customercare/request_for_service and to provide as much specific information about the location as possible.
The counties generally reported fewer pothole problems - so far.
Baltimore and Harford counties are still digging out from the snow and have not had time or manpower to focus on problem potholes. But officials in both counties know motorists' complaints about the roads will be coming as soon as the snow clears.
"People are still really preoccupied with snow and the complaints about problem roads have not stopped coming," said David Fidler, spokesman for the Baltimore County public works department. "Calls now are mostly about the lack of sight distance because of snow barriers. But we know calls about potholes are coming."
Harford County crews are still working to clear roads of snow and ice. Pothole repairs will likely wait for milder weather, said Robert B. Thomas, county spokesman.
"We know potholes will be an issue as the road surfaces freeze and thaw," Thomas said. "There will likely be many from the severe winter weather and the results of plowing with heavy equipment. This is an issue that will require our attention in the spring."
Anne Arundel County spokesman Dave Abrams said that as of Wednesday, the county has had very few pothole problems. "It's not a big deal in our county," Abrams said.
William F. Malone Jr., chief of the Howard County bureau of highways, said that potholes haven't been a problem in the county during the snowstorms. He said the county generally has a couple of trucks doing repairs during pothole season.
"Supervisors, as we see potholes or get them called in, get them filled quickly," said Malone. "But I haven't seen anything in a while. There may be, but right now we're doing other things and there's been nothing to pull us off that."
Baltimore Sun reporters Mary Gail Hare and Joe Burris contributed to this article.