Crews repair potholes ahead of freezing temps

January 30, 2019
Lori Wolfe/The Herald-Dispatch Crews from the City of Huntington's Public Works Department patch potholes along 10th Street on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON — Huntington Public Works Department crews patched potholes along 10th Street on Tuesday. Potholes are formed in wintertime after roads freeze and thaw, eroding dirt and blacktop, according to the West Virginia Department of Transportation. Traffic eventually causes the roads to crumble, creating craters.

In Huntington, crews maintain roughly 196 miles of roadway and 200 miles of alleys, prioritizing their patchwork based on requests from residents or City Council members.

Freezing temperatures were expected Wednesday and Thursday as a polar vortex rolls across the state.

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