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Dickinson Pothole Problems

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Dickinson is having a pot hole problem..

The spring thaw combined with the increased truck traffic is causing millions of dollars of damage to the roads.

Roads all over town are badly bruised..

Dickinson Street and Fleet Manager Brent Coulter says warmer temperatures and all the truck traffic has quadrupled the amount of maintenance they usually do.

They already have $3 million worth of damage to repair.

"It's absolutely insane but it comes with the territory...traffic counts have tripled, quadrupled...people are hauling oil, they're hauling water, they're hauling equipment, steel.. The roads just weren't ready for this yet," Coulter said.

The county has set load restrictions to protect the roads but Stark County Sheriff Clarence Tuhy says many of the trucks don't follow them.

In 2012 they pulled over 150 trucks..

This January alone they've already stopped 56 trucks.

"It's not that we're out there picking on them. We're out there doing the best we can to try and keep our roads safe and traffic accident free," Sheriff Tuhy said.

Sheriff Tuhy says there are many companies that do follow the rules, but with roads this vulnerable.. it's tough to avoid the damage.

"We could repair one today and next week we're out there repairing again. It comes right back," Coulter said. 

According to Coulter.. we're only 2 weeks into what he calls "pot hole season."

Sheriff Tuhy says on average they pull over 8 to 10 trucks a day.

Last year they gave out over 140,000 dollars worth of fees for trucks being over the weight limit.

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