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Road crews trying to keep up with pothole plague

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(03/05/14) - Potholes are a pain every year, but Genesee County road crews say this is the worst they've seen in the past decade.
It's a never ending cycle for road crews - they'll patch up a pothole, just to find it broken up again days later.

Our extreme temperature swings are to blame and it could only get worse. 

"It's been the worst (year)" said Derick Ross, who works with the Genesee County Road Commission.

Ross has been patching potholes for ten years now and he's never seen the roads quite this bad.

"Pierson Road's going to take at least a couple of days to finish, because of the holes," he said.

Wednesday's task was to fill in the crater-like holes along Pierson Road between Clio and Elms.

In just that stretch, it takes literally tons of asphalt.

"We use about six tons of patch from Elms to right here on one side of the road," Ross said.

He said there are more than 1,000 potholes on one side of the road.

Netra Hughes' car fell victim to a tire-hungry pothole. She was at Kanrock on Pasadena for a quick repair.

"It is a pain, every time you go over those big potholes you just cringe inside, you're not sure what damage you're doing," she said.

The shop agrees with the road crew - they've never been so busy with pothole-related repairs.

Ross' crew says they'll probably be patching well into the summer at this rate.

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