Pothole Problems Plague WNY

March 22, 2011 Updated Mar 22, 2011 at 9:00 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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March 22, 2011 Updated Mar 22, 2011 at 9:00 PM EDT

(Buffalo, N.Y.) For winter-weary Western New Yorkers, the worst is not over with yet.

Snow is in the forecast and local roads seem to have suddenly sprouted an incredible amount of potholes.

Severe freeze-thaw cycles over the last several weeks have stressed local roadways.

Potholes are formed when water seeps under road surfaces and freezes. Pressure from the underlying ice pushes up on roads and causes cracks. The potholes are then deepened through the constant beating of car tires.

In the City of Buffalo, street crews are doing their best to patch the potholes.

Mayor Byron Brown announced that citizens can call 3-1-1 to report potholes. The mayor promises that crews will repairs the holes within 48 hours.

New York State has also set up a Toll-Free Hotline for potholes.

Motorists can report problem potholes to the New York State Department of Transportation at 1-800-POTHOLE (1-800-768-4653).