As the calendar is about to show March, one would assume that it’s about time that MDOT got out there and fixed all these potholes. In fact, they generally do not go full force on secondary roads in Cecil County until about the second week of March. One reason is that there is still plenty of damage that mother nature can do over the next several weeks. In fact, in 2015 and 2014, our area saw low temperatures down to about 15 degrees in March. As we all know, fluctuations in temperature can do a number on asphalt.
Potholes are created when water fills into cracks in pavement, freezes, expands and then thaws, leaving a void which caves in when vehicles drive over top. If you look at the forecast for the remainder of this week, for example, you will see several days with highs in the 40s and lows below freezing. Yes, there is still a significant chance for more potholes on area roads before MDOT has had a chance to make its rounds.