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Rochester area overwhelmed by potholes

Rochester, N.Y. -- Potholes have turned many streets into obstacle courses for drivers.

"It's scary, in some areas it's really scary," Rochester driver John Klee said.

Bump after bump, rattled drivers hit the craters in the asphalt that have become difficult to avoid.

With several early freeze-thaw cycle, city and Monroe County officials said they've seen a huge increase in the number of pothole reports this year and it's been difficult to keep pace.

"The potholes are worse than they've been in a long time," Klee said. "It's tough, it's rough, it hurts your shocks, your tires, everything."

Blown tires, busted rims and shot suspensions have brought a lot of angry customers into auto repair shops.

"Obviously it's a frustrating thing and you feel it when you hit them so you'll know it," said Jason Beats, manager at Nu-Look Collision.

Beats said the body shop has seen a more dangerous side of the pothole problem.

"People do see potholes and they swerve without knowing whats in their blind spot which will cause an accident, hit a curb and spin off the road or maybe something worse," he said.

Monroe County has already patched 165 potholes, a temporary fix until the weather warms up and hot asphalt can be used.

The city bumped up its number of repair crews from one to three this year, but plowing and salting take priority and repairs cannot be made in the snow.

"I have not seen anybody out fixing anything," Klee said.

Drivers can report potholes on city and county streets online or by calling 311. City officials said repairs are generally made 24 to 48 hours after reported.

"I've called a couple times and nothing," Klee said. "They are still there the next day, the day after, and the day after, and the day after."

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