Lee's Summit, Mo - The Missouri Department of Transportation is kicking off an enhanced pothole repair initiative today throughout the state. Through the rest of the month of March, maintenance crews are committed to repair potholes within 24 hours after reported. MoDOT will aggressively respond and patch potholes to keep highways smooth and safe for Missouri motorists.
"Our goal is to have potholes repaired as quickly as possible, and by the time you drive the same location a day later it should be repaired," said MoDOT Kansas City District Engineer Dan Niec. "We know our aging infrastructure is prone to potholes this time of year and we are making every effort to keep our roads as safe and smooth as possible."
MoDOT encourages motorists to use one of the following tools to report the location of a pothole:
- Call one of our Customer Service Representatives. They're available 24/7 at 1-888-ASK MODOT (888-275-6636)
- Use our Report A Road Concern form at modot.org
- Use your smart phone or tablet with a mobile friendly form at modot.org/roadconcern
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tell us on social media. Find us on Twitter @MoDOT_KC and Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoDOT.KansasCity.
Potholes form when temperatures warm up during the day, but continue to be cold at night. This is the main cause of potholes in highways and why they are prevalent during the spring. The rain and snow from winter leave moisture that seeps into cracks and joints in the pavement. When the temperature drops, the water freezes and expands the pavement. This expansion causes the pavement to bulge and crack. When cars drive over the bulging, cracking pavement, it eventually causes chunks of pavement to pop out, creating the pothole.
During pothole season and every other season, MoDOT encourages motorists to slow down, buckle up and drive safely to ensure everyone can Arrive Alive.
For more information about this or other MoDOT projects, call 1-888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/kansascity and view the online Traveler Information Map. In addition, MoDOT provides updated information on Twitter @MoDOT_KC and Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoDOT.KansasCity.