Fixing potholes and cracks caused by winter weather

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Snow and ice this winter has left potholes and cracks in many driveways across the Piedmont.

It’s kept people like Chris Rogers busy the past few weeks patching up driveway after driveway, laying down asphalt.

He owns Quality Asphalt and Seal Coating in Thomasville and says because of the damage his business has nearly doubled.

“Phones are ringing off the hook right now,” Rogers said.

He says besides city streets, driveways have taken a pretty severe beating from Mother Nature.

“With the traffic on it, it just makes it bigger,” he said.

Brian Richardson of Loflin’s Paving in Sophia says he’s been called out as far as Rockingham County to fix damaged driveways.

“Asheboro area, High Point [and] we go to Greensboro sometimes,” Richardson said.

Do-it-yourself asphalt and sealers have been flying off the shelves at the Lowe’s in High Point.

“We filled this here yesterday,” said sales associate Bob Kirk, referring to asphalt bags. “It’s half gone already.”

He says the rush is mainly due to the fact that the longer a pothole or really bad crack sits open, the worse it gets.

“It won’t go away,” Kirk said. “It will just get larger.”