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Winter weather leads to pothole woes in the Upstate

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

It seems to happen every time there is a winter storm, potholes, and a lot of them.

South Carolina Department of Transportation officials are working through hundreds of claims by drivers whose cars have been damaged by potholes along state roads.

Ray Drawdy drives from the Lake Lure area to BMW each day and said that he and his little Smart Car need to be extra careful, especially near bridges.

Rashod Cohen changed the style of his car specifically for the ice and potholes that it causes. He said he typically has expensive rims on his sedan, but he's gone back to the factory hubcaps to keep them safe on the potentially damaging roads. 

DOT spokesman, Jason Allison said that it's not just because of salt and plow trucks we saw during the snow, but because the state's aging roads are deeply affected by the cold.

Older gray roads have small cracks, which get water in them, and when it freezes, Allison explained, the water expands, creating larger cracks and there continues a cycle of crumbling roads.

Allison said DOT crews are inspecting as they ride the region and patching road hiccups five days a week. He said that in Spartanburg County, crews devoted an entire day solely to patching potholes.

"It's treating the symptom. It's not the cure," Allison said. "[Patching roads is] there to alleviate the hazards and try to maintain the road in safe passage until the roads can be resurfaced."

Allison said that DOT uses all the money they are given to repave, but it's not nearly as much as would be necessary to update all the roads.

Greenville County has formed a "Citizens Roads Advisory Commission" to collect public input as to whether there should be an added one-cent sales tax, which would be used for road improvements. The group will be meeting in different areas of the county throughout February and March.

For more information about the commission: http://www.greenvillecounty.org/roadscommission/

To request work to be done on potholes: http://dbw.scdot.org/workrequest/ 

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