Potholes causing problems

Whether in Boardman Township or Youngstown, potholes are popping up, overtaking roads and frustrating drivers.

“I’ve ruined quite a few tires coming up the street,” Carl Hardy of Youngstown said. “I had to go pretty slow.”

Tom Sakmar of the Youngstown Street Department said their phones have been ringing non-stop with pothole complaints.

“They’re very bad right now,” Sakmar said. “Winter’s been a little hard on the roads.”

Crews were out patching potholes all day on Friday.

Sakmar said the below freezing temperatures are to blame.

“We had the deep freeze. It freezes underneath, pushes up and then as it thaws, they just pop loose, because of the moisture underneath,” Sakmar said.

Drivers continue to swerve to dodge the potholes, and the turn lane has become the most-traveled lane on most roads.

The Mahoning County Engineer’s Office is aware of how tough potholes can be on vehicles, and are advising drivers to be careful.

“I’m just asking everyone to please slow it down a little bit, if you can,” said Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginetti. “Be careful. The potholes are filling up with water, because of the melt, you can’t see them.”

The Youngstown Street Department has received deliveries for thousands of pounds of cold mix.

Crews will be out over the weekend filling potholes.

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