Here’s how to report them plus tips for driving on road that have them. Missouri Department of Transportation crews will be focusing on pothole repairs through April with about 300 pothole patching crews working statewide. About 400,000 potholes have been patched during the first two months of 2019. In contrast, approximately 619,000 potholes were patched for the entire year in 2018.“We are working as hard as we can to fill the potholes,” said Becky Allmeroth, MoDOT State Maintenance Engineer/Chief Safety and Operations Officer. “Some potholes have to be repaired multiple times because of the additional rain last week. The temporary repairs are not holding. We ask motorists to please be patient with us as the repairs are being done.” Crews address the deepest potholes first. Until roadway temperatures rise – and remain – above freezing, the repair is made using a cold asphalt mix. However, this is a short-term repair. The long-term fix, a hot asphalt mix, isn’t effective until temperatures are warm for a prolonged period of time. Motorists should watch out for MoDOT crews making the repairs, slow down and move over a lane to give them room to work. Here are some other safety tips:
- If you can’t avoid a pothole, please slow down before you hit it.
- Don’t brake directly over a pothole; this can actually cause more damage.
- When driving over the pothole, hold the steering wheel firmly to avoid losing control.
- Use caution when driving over a puddle of water because it might be a pothole in hiding.
- Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Properly inflated ties hold up better against potholes than tires that have too much or too little air.