Mild winter conditions helping Philadelphia’s pothole problem

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Potholes are a constant point of frustration. All drivers agree on that.

The action cam was there to observe the damage caused by a ditch on South 70th Street and Reedbird Place in southwest Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Joseph Esquilin broke both axles Monday night driving his Lyft vehicle through the ditch.

“It was too late for me to stop and I hit it. It broke both my axles, the front and back of the car. That’s my livelihood,” Esquilin said.

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Potholes weren’t hard to find, the action cam found a few on I-76 heading east from City Avenue. PennDOT is in charge of state roads and said the warm winter is helping their efforts.

“You basically need 40 degrees or more to use this hot asphalt mix,” said Robyn Briggs, a spokeswoman for PennDOT. “(Crews) have 380 tons of patching material, and this time last year it was about 178 tons.”

The Philadelphia Sanitation Department is asking drivers to call 311 or use their app to report potholes with specific details and pictures.

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“We can get there much faster if they know in advance where the problem is,” said Chief Highway Engineer Steve Lorenz.

The 6abc Data Journalism team found 27 different 311 reports for the S. 70th Street and Reedbird Place area in the past month.

When 6abc notified Lorenz, the problem was fixed within two hours.

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