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Melting snow, swing in temperatures creates perfect combination for potholes

With the nicer weather this week, you may notice more crews in your neighborhood.

With the swing in temperatures and melting snow, it's the perfect mixture for potholes to form.

Brooke Ebersole, from ODOT Columbus, says that they have already been busy on the roads by using 200 tons of cold mix asphalt.

With the nicer weather this week, you may notice more crews in your neighborhood.

Asphalt is very porous which makes it easy to absorb any melting snow. When the temperature drops below freezing, the water that was soaked up by the asphalt then freezes underneath it.

When the weather warms up, it can then melt again, crack and weaken the pavement. Any cars that then drive over that weak spot will help form those potholes.

ODOT wants to remind drivers to give their workers plenty of room.

"Remember the people that patch potholes are the same people that plow snow," Ebersole said.

If you encounter a pothole on the highway you can report it here or call 740-833-8060.