Potholes pop up after winter storm

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Road crews are prioritizing how and when they fix potholes. We've learned some roads will get attention sooner than others.

Consider them the scars from last week's storm. Potholes scattered around our area are gobbling up tires left and right.

"It's not the snow now it's just the potholes you've got to deal with," said driver Anna Mallory.

Mallory has had it...

"They put the cones out, but somebody's knocked them down and I've just come past it, and a car had to come over into my lane just to keep from hitting that pothole," she said.

In a matter of days she's switched from swerving to avoid snow, to missing asphalt. Motorist Bridget Hengle is right there with her.

"You definitely feel every time you hit them, because they are definitely deeper than they normally would be," said Hengle.

Road crews from VDOT, the City of Richmond and Henrico are busy prioritizing potholes. Bumps on main roads and interstates are first. Temporary patches are getting stamped in. Major repairs and re-surfacing won't happen until the weather is warmer. Chances are side streets will be scarred until then.

"We're looking for things that are going to prevent folks from getting up and down the road that we're going to want to get out and address those quickly," said Dale Totten, VDOT.

The news is a bummer for driver Tommy McMullen. He hit a major one coming out of his apartment a few days ago.

"I've been filling it up at the gas station air pump ever since pretty much," said McMullen.

His little car can't take much more.

"As soon as you hear the scraping it's just the worse feeling in the world. You know it's going to cost you money," McMullen said.

While drivers dodge the road blocks, road crews deal with tighter budgets and an early snow season. So until your road is smoothed out, slow down. A piece of your car could be left behind -- a reminder for others, just how powerful one of these can be.

"I don't think that's good because then who's going to pay for these peoples cars when they hit them. Because at night it's hard to see them," Mallory said.

You can report a gruesome pothole. Call VDOT at 1-800-367-ROAD or 3-1-1 for the City of Richmond.

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