ODOT shifts gears after deep freeze to focus on potholes

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The Ohio Department of Transportation is spending as many dry hours as they can patching up potholes across central Ohio.

"This week, in particular, we knew it would be pretty bad with the drastic swing from subzero temperatures up into the 50s," said Breanna Badanes, public information officer for ODOT.

On average, ODOT crews use about a ton of asphalt a day on potholes, even though the fix is not permanent.

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"The material that we have to use this time of year is more of a temporary nature," Badanes said. "The asphalt plants aren't open this time of year, so we can't get hot asphalt. So we use something called cold mix."

ODOT crews in District 6, which comprises of Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, and Union counties, have already used 945 tons of material so far this winter. That's more than two times the amount used by this time last year.

Drivers can report potholes on a state route, U.S. route or interstate through the ODOT website. Click here to submit information.