Report potholes to VDOT and NBC12

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan – email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The snow is starting to melt but it could be leaving potholes behind. VDOT is asking you to report any major problems in the roadways and NBC12 is On Your Side, helping you track the roadway hazards.

Potholes are an predictable but constant problem on Virginia roadways. The temperatures are about to thaw out, which means potholes are inevitable.

"Like Midlothian, it's pothole city. I mean, you can bob and weave but you're still going to hit them," said Tavares McIntosh.

Stop by any gas station and it seems everyone has a horror story.

"It's messing my car up, hitting the potholes is messing up my suspension. It's squeaking now," said Angela Winston.

"It didn't really bust a tire, but  I thought it was so I stopped the car and got out and check it," said William Wonker.

Our latest snow is thawing and warmer temperatures this week means water will be expanding and contracting, causing the cracks that lead to potholes.

"We have to spend more money on potholes than other areas because our roadways are under such stress," said VDOT spokesperson Taya Jarman.

VDOT won't start it's pothole blitz until the spring when temperatures stay 40 degrees or higher, but they will do temporary patches if they know where to go.

If you see a pothole in the counties or on a major highway report it to VDOT at 1-800-FOR-ROAD.

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