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Cold temperatures creating potholes and infrastructure problems


TROY, N.Y. - Extremely cold temperatures during the winter months are destroying area roadways with potholes.

Capital Region leaders have crews on scenes trying to patch potholes, but the problem will persist through the season. The freezing conditions are also causing multiple water main breaks.

"When we get the cold, we do get water main breaks," Troy Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan said. "We got about six in the last nine days."

Cohoes also experiences five water main breaks recently.

Ryan said the cold weather "does put pressure on some of the older pipes."

Danielle Zych has to constantly avoid potholes and other drivers while driving to pick up her children.  

"Some of them dodging, some of them hitting, but if you dodge them, then you got a chance of sliding on ice," she said.

Cities across the area are doing their best while crews work full-time to patch the holes.

"Warm, cold, wet, salt on the roads, when we get all that movement we get some activating in the roads, we get potholes," Ryan said.

Ryan added that quick fixes are the only solution until warmer temperatures return to the region.

"It is only getting worse," he explained. "And unfortunately this is a temporary fix until the plants open, and we get a permanent fix."

Contact city or town leaders to have any potholes fixed or call the following numbers:

Albany – 434-2489

Troy – 270-1115

Cohoes – 233-2139

Schenectady – 356-5344

Saratoga Springs  - 587-3550

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