HUDSON COUNTY, N.J. -- In Hudson County, four road
crews are each filling more than 100 potholes a day.
Supervisor Wally Wolfe says they're
"We have no fresh horses coming
in. What you see is what you have. In a snow event we are here from beginning
to end," Wolfe said.
Potholes form when plows and salt
gouge roads. Water seeps in and
freezes. When the ice melts, it creates a
pocket below the road. Passing cars then cave them in.
"Our backs are against the wall but we're doing it," Wolfe said.
It's not just the Northeast. A map shows 2,529 potholes on highways in Indianapolis - and that's after filling 1,341
over the last three days.
Gov. Mike Pence has ordered crews
to work round the clock.
"We are initiating a plan that will involve alternating 12-hour shifts, supplemental
crews, and additional hours," Pence said.
As for Wally Wolfe, he's a realist,
knowing no permanent road repairs can be made until spring.
"This is a temporary patch that could last a couple of weeks and we'll be back out again," Wolfe said.
In New York City, they filled 1,100 potholes Thursday alone, which brings the total for the winter season to more than 64,000. No wonder the head of the local AAA says this is
the absolute worst year for potholes he can ever remember.
Jim Axelrod is the anchor of the Saturday edition of the "CBS Evening News" and a national correspondent for CBS News, reporting for the "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" and other CBS News broadcasts.