MoDOT says the cold and wet winter created more potholes on the road after water got down into cracks and expanded after freezing.
Shannon Kellner, assistant district maintenance engineer with MoDOT, says its all hands on deck now that winter has stepped aside for a few days.
"This year we have had three times as many calls for pothole repairs than years in the past,” says Kellner.
She says drivers can be the eyes on the road for MoDOT.
"If we get a call in, we are committing ourselves to go out and repair that pothole within 24 hours,” says Kellner.
It’s a program called the Pothole Patrol to allow drivers to notify MoDOT of a pothole problem on the roadways.
"They can call us at 1-888-ASKMODOT, they can go to our website at modot.org,” says Kellner.
Crews use a tar material and gravel to fill holes quickly along roads in southwest Missouri.
"We'll pour in this really kind of gummy mixture where we have rock and oil and then we will go over that with basically chip rock,” explains Kellner.
While funds for pothole repairs aren't in the budget, she says there's no doubt March and April are busy months for MoDOT.
"We take care of it because we need to keep our roads safe and passable,” says Kellner.
Kellner wants to remind drivers to always move over and give crews a safe distance to work along roads and construction zones.
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