RICHMOND This winter's frigid temperatures, winter storms, and snow and ice removal, combined with recent warmer temperatures, have produced the right combination for the onset of potholes.
The Virginia Department of Transportation says they are tracking them down and patching them as quickly as possible to keep roads and highways safe for motorists and their vehicles.
VCOT says the repairs made during the winter are mostly temporary, using a cold mix. Permanent pothole repairs require warmer weather and will be made in the spring.
'VDOT takes maintaining our roads as seriously as we do clearing them after winter storms, and our crews do a tremendous job doing both,' said VDOT Commissioner Charles Kilpatrick. 'If motorists do see a pothole that could cause problems, VDOT's website has a form where you can report them and other road problems. You can also call our Customer Service Center day or night to do the same. Since VDOT operates and maintains 58,000 miles of roads in Virginia, we appreciate this help in identifying hazards so we can keep our roads in top driving shape.'
To Report Potholes
Use VDOT's Web-based form to report potholes and other road problems, at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/citizen.asp. You can also click on 'Report a Road Problem' at the top of the home page on VDOT's website, www.virginiadot.org.
Call 800-367-7623 24 hours a day to reach VDOT's Customer Service Center to report road hazards or ask questions.
The pothole cycle:
Water seeps into and under the pavement.
The moisture freezes, expands and thaws, weakening the pavement.
The weight of traffic loosens the pavement, causing such spots to crumble.
Potholes form in the weak spots in the pavement.