The winter of 2019-2020 is not typical, however. Crews have thus far only filled 455 potholes around the county’s 26 square miles, as the unusually mild winter has resulted and far less of the thawing and refreezing that’s responsible for pothole formation.
Arlington’s Dept. of Environmental Services, which is responsible for road paving and maintenance, tweeted about the lack of potholes yesterday.
With the serious lack of winter, Arlington filled 455 potholes this season from December through last month. Crews filled a more typical 1337 potholes during the same period a year back. Report any outliers to 703-228-5000 or https://t.co/6TgkYVVUi9 "Streets">"Potholes." pic.twitter.com/StFDSsQDIJ
— Arlington Department of Environmental Services (@ArlingtonDES) March 2, 2020
“Needless to say, Arlington roads are in better-than-usual shape for March because of the minimal effects of this winter,” DES spokesman Peter Golkin tells ARLnow. “We still have more than two weeks to go until official spring so perhaps we’re jinxing things. Snow is obviously possible in March and storms have happened even in April.”
“To keep things in perspective, we generally mobilize for 18 to 20 snow events per season,” Golkin continued. “So far we’ve prepared for four. Definitely beats a blizzard if you have to choose. When crews don’t need to fill potholes, they can take care of other road issues ahead of long-term paving.”
Paving season in Arlington is expected to start at the end of March and run into November.
“Weather-permitting, many streets will have that new surface smell soon,” said Golkin.