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Pothole pandemic plagues Spokane roads

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It's a problem we see every year in Spokane. It's a problem we see every year in Spokane.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

It's a problem we see every year in Spokane: The danger of potholes.   This is the worst time of year for them according to Bob Keneally with Spokane County Roads Dept. 

It's also inevitable that you'll come across at least one when you're out driving. 

Dorothy O'Day learned that the hard way when she hit a pothole on Hawthorne Wednesday night and it immediately blew out her tire. 

On Friday she sat at Perfection Tire waiting while technicians replaced her tire. 

It's not where Dorothy planned to spend her day off but $125 dollars later she had no other choice. 

"I just got brand new snow tires in November," says O'Day. 

O'Day who was driving to pick up her grandson when she ran over the pothole never made it. 

"I just hit something really hard."

Immediately she pulled to the side of the road where she was approached by another woman.

"She's said, 'you hit the pothole back there didn't you'," says O'Day.   "I said yes.  Then she said she did too,  that morning."

O'Day reported it to the county right away. 

"That one should've been marked I felt."

The county filled the pothole on Hawthorne Thursday night but it's already started deteriorating and that's because of the mix they used and the weather.

They planned to go back out and fill it again Friday.

A few reasons why it's so hard to keep up with the potholes this time of year are that the people who fill potholes also plow snow.  In the winter their priorities shift. 

Another problem is the mix they use to fill during the winter.  It's called a cold mix and when it snows or rains it breaks down quickly.  The preferred hot mix is only manufactured spring through fall. 

The county says potholes aren't as big of a problem this year as they have been for the past few years but folks around town say that isn't evident. 

"I'm avoiding them all the time," says O'Day.

If you'd like to report a pothole or file a claim for damages after hitting one you can call the pothole hotline at 509-477-2547 call the city at 725-CITY 

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