Township’s ‘Pothole Hotline’ Taking Calls
Once again, area roadways are becoming ragged and pocked with potholes as winter grinds to a close. Lower Merion Township is reminding residents to report potholes to the “Pothole Hotline” established in 2010. The number is (610) 645-4782. During normal business hours, citizens should call the general Public Works number to report potholes and other road issues, at (610) 645-6150.
Residents can also report potholes via the LM Report-It app, which is available for free on iPhone and Android mobile and tablet devices.
Potholes are created when moisture seeps into the pavement, freezes, expands and then thaws. This weakens the pavement; traffic loosens it even more, and it eventually crumbles and pops out.
After each snow and ice event, Lower Merion Police and Public Works crews marked particularly large or dangerous potholes throughout the Township with safety cones or barricades. The public’s help through use of the Pothole Hotline and the LM Report-It app will expedite this process, said Paul McElhaney, Director of Public Works.
In addition, Pa. State Rep. Tim Briggs has maintained a link on his website enabling citizens to report potholes on State roads, such as Route 23 (Conshohocken State Road) and E. Wynnewood Road, by visiting this website.
Potholes will be filled by priority of roads (primary or main roads first, for example) and severity and size of any given pothole. Rain or wet roadways will suspend pothole maintenance.