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Big temperature differences have made potholes particularly bad

Big variations in temperature have meant that Sweden's pothole problem is particularly bad this year. Repairs may cost a quarter more than last year, and the work may take until summer to complete, according to Swedish Radio News.

The weather has taken a toll on Swedish roads, leaving many smaller roads closed off to heavier vehicles because of potholes, especially in the South.

Thor-Björn Johansson drives a bus in Småland and tells Swedish Radio news, "I don't think I've seen it worse than what it's like this year. It's extreme. Over the course of the year, you learn where the potholes are, but this year, they're both deeper and bigger."

Sezgin Sahin, who works for the Swedish Transport Administration, tells Swedish Radio News that in Östergötland and Örebro, there could be more potholes than nomral this year, because the temperature is still falling below freezing at night.

Annika Canaki from the Transport Administration says that damage can be temporarily fixed during the winter, but that they generally wait until the weather warms up before making permanent fixes.

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