Town copes with difficult pothole year

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BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Department of Public Works issued a statement this week acknowledging "a very difficult winter for many roadways in Brattleboro." This is due to multiple freeze/thaw cycles that have deteriorated the roadways and made maintenance a challenge, according to the department. Potholes are formed when the road surface fails, introducing water into the roadway which weakens the soil beneath the pavement. Traffic applies loads to the roadway that stress the pavement past the breaking point.

The Highway Department monitors all of the roadways in town and work orders are issued when the town identifies or receives reports of potholes. Last week, crews used 15 tons of patching material to fix the largest potholes.

While the Department of Public Works says it is doing everything possible to repair potholes as soon as they are identified, drivers are advised to use caution while driving.

For questions or concerns, contact the Department of Public Works at 802-254-4255.

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