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VDOT temporarily repairing potholes, will make more repairs in spring

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

VDOT says the combination of winter weather and then warmer temperatures has created just the right combination for pothole problems on Virginia roads. 

"You can actually see the concrete being thrown up from the cars," Martin James Klein said. "You know, ahead of you."
   
We found potholes on 288, Courthouse Road, and Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield, causing a bumpy ride for drivers. On Facebook, many of you reported problems getting on the Powhite Parkway, from 64 to 95 and several other places around RVA.

VDOT officials say they'll put temporary fixes on the holes, until longer-lasting repairs come in the Spring. But, there are 18,000 lane miles in the Richmond District alone, which is a lot to track. 

"So, we do ask for the public's help in identifying some of those dangerous areas!" explained Lindsay LaGrand, with VDOT. "And helping us to get out there and fix it as soon as we can."

One way you can help with reporting is to know exactly where the hole is. Here's a number to call and report to VDOT: 800-367-7623.

From VDOT: 

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 (800-FOR-ROAD) 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.

"VDOT continues to research, pilot and implement new pavement mixtures and designs that will provide a longer service life on our roads and highways," said Kilpatrick. "We do ask all drivers to please make way for and slow down for VDOT equipment and crews as they plow snow and patch potholes. We need to keep everyone safe on the roads year-round."

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