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Potholes Plague Norwalk's Drivers, DPW

It's the latest hazard posed by the severity of our winter: Potholes of varying size are appearing on Norwalk's streets. And they're not going to be easy to get rid of.

"Due to temperature, ice/water and plowing, potholes are particularly difficult to repair in winter," Mayor Richard Moccia said in a press release. "Hot asphalt is the most effective means of repairing potholes but is not readily available since most asphalt plants in the region close for the winter. Cold patch does not adhere well and typically is quickly dislodged by traffic.

“The Department of Public Works is patching smaller potholes using bag asphalt (which has better adhesion than cold patch) and is sending trucks significant distances to acquire hot asphalt for use in addressing the larger potholes. Work on some smaller potholes, as well as delaminations, will likely be deferred to later in the year."

Moccia suggests residents:

? Drive cautiously on all city streets. Potholes can appear quickly. To maximize the productivity of crews, DPW is addressing potholes on an area basis. Thus, some potholes already reported may not be repaired for a few days.

? Be particularly careful when driving in the vicinity of DPW crews who are working to make the streets safer for residents.

? Report potholes as soon as possible to the City Customer Service Center. This is the quickest way to ensure potholes are addressed. Calling or emailing DPW directly actually delays the process.

Reports of potholes, as well as questions, may be directed to the City Customer Service Center at (203) 854-3200 or customerservice@norwalkct.org.

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