MoDOT initiating "Missouri Pothole Patrol"

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

With the arrival of spring, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is assembling teams to focus on fixing potholes, keeping motorists safe when driving on highways.

This "Missouri Pothole Patrol" effort lasts for one month, in order to patch potholes on highways throughout Missouri.

Potholes are formed when temperatures are warm during the day, but still cold at night. The moisture from snow or rain seeps into the cracks of the road and freezes. The frozen moisture expands the pavement and causes it to crack and bulge. When the vehicles drive over the bulges, the pavement cracks off in chunks, and a pothole is formed.

"The goal of this effort is to patch potholes as quickly as possible, and get us through the transition of warmer weather," said Elizabeth Wright, MoDOT State Maintenance engineer, "MoDOT has dedicated staff and resources to repair minor road damage quickly, but we need the public's help to spot these potholes and let us know where they are."

The Missouri Pothole Patrol will run through April 14. Customers can report pothole problems by calling MoDOT's customer service center, at 1-888-ASK-MODOT, visiting www.modot.org and clicking the "Report Road Concern," link or by e-mailing comments@modot.mo.gov.

Whether it is fixing a pothole, repairing a guard rail or fixing a road sign, MoDOT works to keep all state highway property in good condition, but crews rely on the public to spot needs.

"One of MoDOT's top priorities is the safety of the traveling public," said Wright. "We want to encourage our customers to contact us any time they see something of concern."

MoDOT is only responsible for state-maintained Missouri highways. Damages to city and county streets should be reported to the appropriate local agency.

To determine if a road is maintained by MoDOT, call the MoDOT customer service center at 888-275-6636.

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