DUNMORE — With numerous potholes appearing on area roadways following a winter and early spring with drastic temperature swings, PennDOT’s District 4 region is launching an intensive pothole-repair effort on state-owned roads in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties.

With area asphalt plants just now beginning to open, the effort will run from today until the end of the month and aims to address at least 80 percent of the potholes reported on state roads in the region.

The public is encouraged to report pothole locations on state roads by calling 1-800-FIX-ROAD with specific location details. Reported potholes remaining after April 30 will be addressed as soon as possible.

This year, PennDOT has also coordinated with local utility companies to ensure there is a cooperative effort in not only addressing potholes, but also ensuring that utility cuts are repaired as quickly as possible.

To prioritize the repairs, PennDOT will follow its standard practice of addressing roadways based on traffic volume or safety impacts.

PennDOT crews across the state have been repairing potholes as weather permits, though dramatic temperature swings and available materials can affect how long repairs last.

With Pennsylvania’s high levels of traffic, the fifth-largest state-maintained highway network in the country and drastic freeze-thaw cycle, the potholes that naturally occur on the state’s roadways are exacerbated by precipitation that accompanies colder weather and dramatic temperature swings.

To learn about how potholes form and how PennDOT addresses them, view the department’s “Pothole Patrol” video on its YouTube page.