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Mild Winter Means More Money For Potholes

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- The warmer weather means potentially more money to fix potholes.

The people who live on Taft Avenue and Estella Avenue in Pittsburgh's Beltzhoover neighborhood would welcome it.

"We've had two new vehicles that have been repaired as a direct result of the street and the potholes in the street – that's crazy," Sharon Daniels said. "I've had to replace two tires myself."

The city says it can put $1 million more into patching potholes.

"Right now, we expect to pave between 40 and 45 miles of road – that's preliminary," Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said. "An extra $1 million will allow us to do potentially five more miles of road."

In Allegheny County, the warmer weather has changed the normal $1 million expenditure on road salt.

"This year so far we've spent $700,000, so there's approximately a savings of almost $300,000 and those funds will be put into our materials budget and used for right now cold patch and eventually maybe help patch some roads with more permanent things," Joe Olczak, of Allegheny County Public Works, said.

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