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Drivers feeling pothole pain in Central New York

Central New Yorkers will tell you it doesn’t take long to find large potholes in the city of Syracuse and communities around it.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Central New Yorkers will tell you it doesn’t take long to find large potholes in the city of Syracuse and communities around it.

It’s becoming a significant challenge for drivers to safely avoid the potholes, and sometimes you can't.

In some cases, the damage may not be immediately apparent.

"After you hit it, pay attention to whether your steering wheel is still straight or not. If you get up to highway speed, you may notice a vibration from a bent wheel. It would be a good idea to walk around your car for a day or two following it to make sure you don't have a flat tire,” said Ron Simmons at Fehlman Brothers.

Even a slightly bent wheel can cause a vibration or a leak.

Simmons said smaller, shallow potholes can cause problems. Larger holes can create more substantial damage.

He said in extreme cases, holes have damaged tie rods and suspensions – which can lead to expensive repairs.

“This winter has been pretty tough with the extreme cold weather, freezing, thawing, freezing and it tends to disrupt the pavement pretty significantly, so pothole season is here in full bloom,” Simmons said.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is asking drivers to notify the city if they see potholes.

The city is offering a number of options for those who wish to report potholes.

Click on this link to our previous post to see some of the options.

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