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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 03/ 2/2011

It's pothole season in Washington

By Washington Post Editors

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The annual arrival of pothole season in Washington is just as predictable as congestion around the Beltway. As temperatures fluctuate drivers are beginning to see plenty of the ruts and chasms on the region's roads.

According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, March is the busiest month for pothole repairs, and drivers may see more potholes this year due to cuts in road maintenance budgets.

"The declining conditions of area roads are already costing area drivers $462 each year. On top of that, hitting a pothole can cost you an additional $355 in serious damage to your car," said AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman John B. Townsend II. "Damage from poor road conditions, including potholes, can add up to $2,000 or more in repair costs over the life of a car."

If you're running into potholes on your regular routes, here are some resources for getting them fixed:

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District Department of Transportation: Reach the Mayor's Citywide Call Center by dialing 311, fill out an online request at www.ddot.dc.gov, send an e-mail to potholepalooza@dc.gov or tweet to twitter.com/DDOTDC.

Maryland State Highway Administration: For state-numbered routes, complete a service form or call 301-952-0555.

Virginia Department of Transportation: Call 800-367-7623 or report it online at www.virginiadot.org.

Alexandria: 703-746-4488 or use the online form.

Arlington County: Report it using an online form or call 703-228-6570.

Calvert County: 410-535-0905.

Fairfax County: Contact VDOT.

Howard County: 410-313-7450.

Loudoun County: Contact VDOT.

Montgomery County: Identify a pothole at www.montgomerycountymd.gov.

Prince George's County: 301-350-0500.

Prince William County: Contact VDOT.

By Washington Post Editors  | March 2, 2011; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  District, Maryland, Northern Virginia  
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