BUFFALO, NY -— It's something you can't escape this time of year. And, you've had plenty to say about the potholes on the roads and yeah, it's not just in your head.
This really has been a worse year for them than usual.
Department of Public Works commissioners and superintendents will tell you, all of those freezes and thaws are rough for the potholes. And, the cold patch that they use to plug them up gets torn out of the road when the snow comes back and the plows come through.
Over the past couple of days we've asked you the viewer: Where are the worst potholes out there?
In Buffalo, we've heard about Delaware Avenue in North Buffalo, Niagara Street by Ontario, that's near the 190 and many other spots. On Monday, we saw a DPW crew at Delaware and Forest filling potholes.
Public works commissioner Steve Stepniak says crews have been all over the city.
"Sometimes, I'll get a call from someone who says that pothole hasn't been addressed well you know what it was addressed a couple weeks prior it just opened up again so they continue to call those trouble spots in," Stepniak said.
The city recommends people to call 311 to report a pothole.
Viewers have also told us North French in Amherst is a big problem. We drove that road, North French by Millersport — potholes were all over the place. Some drivers we saw swerving around potholes, going into the break down lane to avoid them. State traffic data says between 16,000 and 20,000 drivers use this road everyday. The Amherst highway superintendent tell us he constantly get calls about North French, which is a county road.
"When there's a void or when the road starts deteriorating traffic causes road to break up quicker you have heavier vehicles on them," said Patrick Lucey, the Amherst Highway superintendent, "trucks making deliveries, stuff of that nature and that just causes the road to deteriorate faster."
Erie County DPW says in the next month or so, they'll look at funding and decide which roads should be repaved this summer.
"You get some colder temperatures and a little bit of moisture at the bottom of that pothole we try to blow them out with equipment and make sure they're as dry as possible," said Bill Geary, the Erie County DPW commissioner, "but you still get water in there water gets in once it freezes it pops everything right back out like an ice cube in an ice cube tray."
You can check out our pothole map, to see if there's a pothole in your neighborhood that you need to know about.