State provides extra $10 million to counties, city for pothole repairs

Baltimore and all 23 of Maryland's counties will split an extra $10 million in state funding to repair potholes and other roadway damage incurred during the recent harsh winter.

The funds will be distributed based solely on each jurisdiction's total road mileage, according to Gov. Martin O'Malley's office. State legislators approved the disbursement — which will come from the state's Transportation Trust Fund — this past legislative session.

The winter of 2013-2014 broke several records, recording the coldest winter in decades by several measures and bringing the most snow since the record-breaking winter of 2009-2010. It also saw multiple weeks where temperatures fluctuated widely and rapidly.

For roadways, such weather is a recipe for damage, as water thaws, slips into cracks in surfaces and then freezes and expands. Salt brine laid during snow storms helps deteriorate road surfaces as well, as do the heavy plow trucks that scrape them clear of accumulated ice and snow.

Tens of thousands of potholes have been reported across the region this winter, with local jurisdictions like Baltimore reporting filling hundreds per day in an attempt to keep up.

In a statement, O'Malley said that during this "long, harsh winter," local and state road crews came together in "true Maryland spirit" to keep roadways safe.

"Unfortunately," he said, "our work is not done."

The $10 million will be split among the state's local jurisdictions according to mileage. Baltimore County, with nearly 2,700 miles of roadway — the most of any jurisdiction — will receive the largest share, of about $1.15 million.

Montgomery County, with 2,300 miles of road, will receive about $992,000. Baltimore, with about 1,900 miles of road, will receive about $818,000. Prince George's County, with about 1,800 miles, will receive about $$785,000.

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