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Drivers aggravated after long winter with potholes

By: WJAC Web Staff

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- With the seemingly continuous blasts of winter weather this season, potholes seem to be forming just about everywhere on local roads.

If you hit just one pothole the wrong way, your car could suffer major damage.

"They bite you before you know it," said Tire Town co-owner J.R. Vratarich.

Thousands of dollars could be spent on repairs, depending on the damage from potholes.

"It will do damage to your tire, your wheel, your suspension," Vratarich said.

Vratarich said the amount of damage that can happen to a vehicle depends on how you hit a pothole, how hard you hit it and how fast you're going at the time of impact.

Atherton Street in State College is a PennDOT roadway, and officials said the recent potholes are because of a combination of freeze thaw-cycles, the snow plows and the salt.

Owners of Tire Town said they see several people in their shop each day because of pothole problems.

One pothole a 6 News crew found measured more than three inches deep and a foot long.

"I hear people complain, [and] I have people tell me I'm taking the bill to the township," Vratarich said.

PennDOT officials said workers are going to patch the most severe potholes and wait until warmer weather to actually repair them.

Experts said when your car is not driving correctly you need to take it in for a checkup.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times