Warm forecast could cause road problems

Jan 8, 2013

Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

This week's spring-like temperatures might provide some reprieve from the winter doldrums, but they're likely to cause headaches for drivers.

Ohio Department of Transportation spokeswoman Sharon Smigielski says conditions are ripe for creating potholes.

"The warmer temperatures accelerate the freeze/thaw cycle causing pavement to deteriorate more quickly," she says.

Since it's still too cold for permanent fixes, road crews will use a cold patch mixture to plug potholes.

To report potholes:

Ohio highways & state routes: 513-933-6568

Kentucky highways & state routes: 1-800-PATCH-IT or report online

Indiana highways & state routes: 1-855-463-6848 or report online

Cincinnati:  513-591-6000 or report online