Warmer weather brings out pothole-filling crews

Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti said keeping up with road repairs in the Youngstown area requires year-round maintenance

Potholes in Mahoning County are causing more headaches for Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti

If you want to submit a complaint about a pothole, you can visit WKBN’s interactive pothole map or submit a complaint to the county engineer’s office.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Tuesday marks the second day of warm weather in the Valley, and while many people were out enjoying the sunshine, road crews were busy taking advantage of the mild conditions.

Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti said keeping up with the roads requires year-round maintenance

This year’s mild winter has been kind to Valley roads, a much different story than last year.

“Last year, we had thousands of calls and understood and realize that with the conditions that we had last year, the roads just fell apart on  us,” Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti said.

But there are still enough pot holes out there this year to keep road crews busy. When they aren’t plowing, they’re patching.

“There’s still roads that have a lot of pot holes in them. But this has given us a little bit of a break compared to last year. Last year we couldn’t keep up,” Ginnetti said.

Ginnetti said that warmer weather allows crews are able to get to the pot holes quicker.

“While it’s warmer out, it’s better working conditions for the crews,” Ginnetti said. “We’ve got five crews out today spread across the county trying to tackle the worst roads.”

He also said his office welcomes complaints. Pot holes can develop overnight, and complaints give them notice of where they should send their crews.

“We do have an online complaint form, though, that people can go online and fill out the location of where issues arise,” Ginnetti said. “And those get distributed immediately to the district supervisor and the down to the crews.”

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