Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett announced that the Department of Transportation would be conducting an intensive effort to fill the County’s potholes.
For the next few days, the department will focus on pothole repair by adding extra equipment and staff from all seven of MCDOT’s regional depots. MCDOT repairs potholes every day of the year except during rain and snow – and this year has been no exception. However, “Snowzilla” and the wide fluctuations in temperature over the last couple months have accelerated the creation of potholes, so crews will be out in force to aggressively respond.
“This has been a winter of extremes in temperature, which exacerbate formation of potholes on our County roads,” said Leggett. “That’s why our Division of Highway Services crews are out in full force to ensure that our roads are in decent shape. I want to thank our staff for their tireless efforts to keep the roads clear of ice and snow and for all they do to repair and maintain our transportation infrastructure.”
Since January, the department has filled more than 1,000 potholes reported through MC311. MCDOT repair crews also stop to fill any other potholes encountered as they make their rounds. MCDOT relies on residents to report potholes. Germantown residents can report potholes by using the County’s MC 311’s online system or by calling the MC311 Call Center at 311 or 240-777-0311, Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Potholes are inspected and repaired within three business days on County maintained roadways. Please create a service request with the required fields and provide a brief description of size and location under "Additional Information." Options for locations and or reference points; address, closest intersection, near a business (McDonalds, 7-11, shopping center, etc.) or between two streets such as, on Crystal Rock Road, between Wisteria Drive and Middlebrook Road.
Drivers are asked to be cautious and patient when encountering crews filling potholes.
MCDOT maintains over 5,200 lane miles of roads in Montgomery County. The Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA) fills potholes, plows snow and maintains numbered routes in the County, such as Maryland routes 27, 28, 355, 117, 118, 119, 121. MSHA can be reached at 301-513-7300 or online through the MDSHA's Customer Care System.
For most potholes, MCDOT will be using what is called “cold patch” material. However, where potholes require more than a simple fix, the area may need to be excavated and repaved with asphalt, which may take more than one visit to repair.
Photos courtesy MCDOT.