According to a news statement from MoDOT, crews plan to aggressively respond and patch potholes to keep highways safe for Missouri drivers:
"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," says MoDOT District Engineer Becky Baltz in the statement. "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 is encouraging motorists to report the location of potholes using the following tools:
- Call the 24/7 Customer Service Center at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636)
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.
For more information, call MoDOT at 417-895-7600 or visit modot.org/southwest.
(information for this report provided by MoDOT)
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