Potholes the next challenge for drivers

After the snow, sub-zero cold and ice have gone, roadways throughout the area can face a new
axle-breaking issue: potholes.
The Ohio Department of Transportation’s District 2, headquartered in Bowling Green, is planning to
undertake pavement repairs related to the issue this week, weather permitting.
"It has a lot to do with the constant temperature changes," said Tina Perkins, program
administrator with ODOT District 2, of pothole formation. Precipitation seeps into small cracks in the
roadway material and, when it freezes, the roadway can expand and "unfortunately large pieces pop
out."
The continued cycle of freezing and thawing takes its toll as well.
For the District 2 staff, Perkins said, "they’re constantly working on" pothole repairs.
"I can tell you we’ve taken in, from the last storm, we took in several calls. Unfortunately a lot
of the calls we get aren’t related to our specific roadways," but may be in nearby cities or areas
not in District 2 jurisdiction.
"We still address those," she said, and give reporting individuals information on who to
contact.
There are several areas throughout the district, including in Wood County, she said, "where we have
some severe potholes that we’ve been attending to. Unfortunately due to the weather, they’re fixed, and
then the traffic, it doesn’t hold."
ODOT announced Friday that there may be intermittent lane restrictions on sections of roadways in Wood
and Lucas counties starting today and going through Friday for pavement repair.
In Wood County, the affected area is southbound Interstate 75 from the I-75/475 split in Perrysburg to
Ohio 18.
This is to be a moving operation, according to the announcement, with intermittent ramp closures in the
area where repairs are taking place. Ohio 795 and Interstate 280 are suggested as alternate routes.