St. Louis - The Missouri Department of Transportation is kicking off an enhanced pothole repair initiative starting Monday March 10 throughout the state. Through the rest of the month of March, maintenance crews are committed to repairing a pothole with asphalt as quickly as possible after it is reported. MoDOT will aggressively respond and patch potholes to keep highways smooth and safe for Missouri motorists.
"We want to get asphalt in the hole within a day of being notified of the repair need. Our goal is to repair it before you drive the same road the next day," said MoDOT District Engineer, Greg Horn. "We know our aging infrastructure is prone to potholes this time of year, and we are making every effort to keep our roads safe and as smooth as possible."
MoDOT encourages motorists to report the location of potholes using the following tools:
•· Call our 24/7 Customer Service Center at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636)
•· Use our Report a Road Concern form on the web at http://www.modot.org/
•· Use your smart phone/tablet with a mobile friendly form at www.modot.org/roadconcern
•· By email to firstname.lastname@example.org
•· Through social media: Facebook at Missouri Department of Transportation; or Twitter @MoDOT.
Potholes form when temperatures warm up during the day, but continue to be cold at night. This is the main cause of potholes in highways and why they are prevalent during spring season. The rain and snow from winter leave moisture that seep into the cracks and joints in the pavement. When temperatures drop, the water freezes and expands the pavement. This expansion causes the pavement to bulge and crack. When cars drive over the bulging pavement, it eventually causes chunks of pavement to pop out.