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Potholes in Baltimore County

Baltimore County had an average of 58,000 potholes per year in the last decade. That means over half a million potholes were repaired in 10 years. The more severe the winter is, with colder temperatures, and more snow and ice, the more severe the potholes are. During the particularly harsh winter of 1996, threre were nearly 85,000 potholes on County roads.

An example of a pothole on a county road.

What Causes a Pothole?


  Example of what causes a pothole in the road.

Example of what causes a pothole in the road.

Example of what causes a pothole in the road.

Example of what causes a pothole in the road.

How Are Potholes Repaired?

During colder months, we use a product called cold mix that remains pliable in winter temperatures. When the materials become available in warmer months, we use a product called hot mix asphalt, which leads to a more permanent repair.

Highway personnel fixing a pothole.  
A Baltimore County Highways crew patches potholes using cold mix

How to Report a Pothole

Report a pothole or call the Bureau of Highways at 410-887-3560. Repair requests are forwarded to one of 11 highways shops located throughout the County. Typically, crews are able to make repairs to the pothole within 48 business hours.

Revised June 4, 2015

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