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Governor announces attack on potholes

May 31, 2018 News Extra

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HARRISBURG — An attack on the potholes that plague Pennsylvania motorists was announced yesterday by Governor Tom Wolf and Leslie Richards, the state Department of Transportation secretary.

“Resurface PA” is a new statewide initiative to accelerate repaving work on interstates and state roads.

The Governor directed PennDOT to dedicate as many resources as possible to pothole and pavement repairs, a news release from Wolf's office said.

PennDOT has prioritized $22.3 million for immediate pothole repair statewide, which translates to almost 30,000 tons of patching material, the release said.

Erin Waters-Trasatt, PennDOT press secretary, said in District 10, which includes Butler, Armstrong, Clarion, Indiana and Jefferson counties, $1 million has been earmarked for pothole repairs in the Resurface PA project.

The ongoing work will be done as weather permits, and is expected to be complete by June 30, Waters-Trasatt said.

Residents can report potholes and other highway maintenance concerns on state routes at www.customercare.penndot.gov or by calling PennDOT's toll-free hot line at 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623).

Read more about other PennDOT projects in the Butler Eagle.

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Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs is a Butler County native who has been with the Butler and Cranberry Eagle newspapers since June 2000. Grubbs has covered the Mars School District and Middlesex Township for over 20 years with the Eagle and her former employer, the Cranberry Journal. She also covers Adams Township, Evans City and Mars in addition to events and incidents throughout Southwestern Butler County as assigned. Grubbs has taken the lead at the Cranberry Eagle in reporting on shale gas development, which has been a hotly debated topic in the recent past, both locally and nationally. A 1979 graduate of Butler Senior High School and a 1994 graduate of Geneva College, Grubbs has won a Golden Quill and four Keystone state awards, plus an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Grubbs enjoys following the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers, volunteers with the Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup each summer, and loves spending time outdoors and bird watching at her Penn Township home. Grubbs is the daughter of James R. Davis Sr., of Center Township, and the late Maxine Davis. She has two grown children, Jacqueline and Thomas.