Repaving state roads for summer

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If you haven't noticed, most of the major potholes in this area have been filled, but the major roadwork is just beginning.

After a month and a half of work, the statewide pothole blitz is over. Crews have spent the last six weeks filling and patching these holes that have littered Virginia roadways.

"Now it's over we'll be able to go out and start to do hot paving and instead of just temporarily patching the roadways we're going to go out and start repaving," said Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton.

In efforts to prevent potholes from reopening, many of Virginia roads will be repaved starting today as a permanent fix to previous temporary repairs from this past winter's storms.

"That type of snowfall and trucks and cars all were on it. We ended up having to put a lot of chemicals and other sand and all on the pavement it all just came together and caused tremendous potholes," Sean said.

In total, VDOT crews have patched more than 150,000 potholes statewide during the recent pothole blitz. In just the city of Richmond alone, crews repaired more than 15,000 and it's not over yet.

"All of our potholes are not filled and they will continue to crop up. This is not the end. We will continue to go out as we always have and fill potholes as needed," said Taya Jarman, VDOT spokesperson.

You can expect to see paving projects beginning within the coming weeks making for smooth driving surfaces this summer.

If you know of a stretch of highway that needs repair ---- VDOT wants to hear from you. You can contact them directly to report a road hazard, and they will check it out as soon as possible.

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