PITTSBURGH - PennDOT is blaming temperature swings for a surge in potholes this year.
Nearly 6,000 pothole reports have been made.
Ninety percent of those were addressed through February.
Crews used 9,600 tons of asphalt to repair potholes.
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That's the same weight as 627 PennDOT dump trucks.
Meanwhile, the city of Pittsburgh is trying to find money to pay for potholes.
City Council took a major step Tuesday to a long-term solution for up to 3 miles of city roads.
It approved more than $720,000 in new money to be spent on paving projects this spring and summer.
The money came from several different areas, including $55,000 from the fire equipment budget, $58,000 from swift water rescue and $138,000 initially set aside to replace public works radios.
The money being moved was largely unused, according to city councilman Corey O'Connor.
"It's really chipping away at our budget finding $5,000 here, $30,000 here, $60,000 here just so you can piece together some more money for paving," he said. "We all know we've had a terrible winter season and potholes are everywhere."
The city estimates it will be able to pave an additional 3 miles of road with the money.
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