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MoDOT: ‘It’s pothole season, give crews room to work’

Missouri Department of Transportation crews are focusing on pothole repair through April.

MoDOT asks motorists to slow down and move over to give the crews room to work. About 300 pothole patching crews will be working on roads statewide.

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MoDOT crew repairing a pothole in 2020. (Source: MoDOT)

In 2020, MoDOT patched approximately 760,000 potholes spending $18 million on pothole patching. 

“While following COVID-19 social distancing procedures, MoDOT is working as hard as we can to fill the potholes quickly,” said Natalie Roark, MoDOT state maintenance director. “Brutally cold temperatures coupled with ice and snow throughout February have led to a high number of potholes blossoming on Missouri highways already. We ask motorists to please be patient with us as the repairs are being done.”

Accroding to MoDOT, the agency maintains 34,000 miles of road including interstates, U.S. and Missouri routes and lettered routes.

Motorists can report the location of potholes on state-maintained roads using the following tools:

  • Call the 24/7 Customer Service Center at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636).
  • Use the Report a Road Concern form on the web at modot.org.
  • Use a smartphone/tablet with a mobile-friendly form at modot.org/roadconcern.
  • Potholes on city streets or subdivisions should be reported to local city or county maintenance.

MoDOT advises that if you can’t avoid a pothole, try to slow down before you hit it. Here are some other safety tips:

  • Don’t brake directly over a pothole as this can 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.
  • You can watch a video about potholes by clicking here.
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