As if maneuvering around mountains of snow wasn't frustrating enough for motorists, there's another obstacle to dodge on York County roads this winter.

Potholes have begun making their annual appearance.

Of course, anyone who's lived in southcentral Pennsylvania for more than a week knows road craters are a part of everyday life here.

As snow melts, revealing the holes beneath, PennDOT crews get to work restoring a level surface to state roads, spokesman Mike Crochunis said.

"One day we're hauling asphalt or cold-patch material and then the next day we're spreading salt for a snowstorm," he said. "We're back and forth all the time."

Basically, it's business as usual — though, perhaps, a bit busier than usual.

Hotline: Residents and motorists are encouraged to call the state's "pothole hotline" at 1-800-FIX-ROAD if they see a problematic crater.

The warm-again, cold-again cycle of February and March makes southcentral Pennsylvania a hotspot for potholes, Crochunis said.

"Not only do you have chances of flooding, but you also have these potholes popping up," he said. "I don't think it's any more than usual, but it's that time of year."

Melting snow and ice also increase the possibility of sinkholes, Crochunis said.

Crochunis said I-83 in southern York County has been an area of particular concern for potholes this year.

"They've been dispatched there a couple of times," he said. "It's pretty much a weekly or biweekly work zone that we have out there to patch potholes."

During the cold months, crews are only able to make a temporary fix that, usually, can last until the weather warms. Then, PennDOT will return to patch the hole with its "hot mix" material.

In Springetts: In Springettsbury Township, manager John Holman said, work crews use the same temporary method.

"It's not as stable, but it'll hold up for a winter," Holman said. "It'll give you enough time that you get to March and April."

Residents should call the township at (717) 757-3521 to report a pothole, Holman said.

York City has a similar system. Call the city's hotline at (717) 849-2228 to report a pothole.

So far, Holman said, he hasn't heard of any major pothole problems in Springettsbury Township. But that doesn't mean they aren't there.

"I'm sure once the snow is cleared and we get a look at the roads ... I would expect that we're going to find that some have developed," he said.

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