Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, residents use Christmas spirit to bring attention to large pothole

By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
December 12, 2018, 11:04:06 AM EST

Residents in a northeastern Pennsylvania city took a festive twist to dealing with a large pothole in their neighborhood this past weekend.

The pothole on Sturdevant Street in Wilkes-Barre has continuously grown over the past several weeks without being addressed, so residents placed a Christmas tree in it to bring attention to the issue.

"I was upstairs in the attic and was looking for more Christmas decorations and thought that would look nice in the hole," resident Marietta Spak told WNEP.

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Spak told WNEP she was attempting to bring awareness to drivers to avoid the pothole as they drove through the neighborhood.

Following the attention it garnered on social media, the Wilkes-Barre Department of Public Works said it was aware of this issue and the hole was slated to be repaired by Tuesday.

A 2016 report produced by AAA found that potholes cost drivers in the United States around $3 billion annually.

Potholes form after snow or rain seeps into the soil below the road surface. When moisture freezes as temperatures drop, the ground expands and pushes up the pavement.

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