MoDOT Kicks Off Statewide Pothole Patrol

Published 03/10 2014 10:28AM

Updated 03/10 2014 10:46PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) An aggressive pothole patching campaign kicks off today in Missouri.

Crews from the Missouri Department of Transportation will spend the month of March working to catch up on pothole repairs on state highways.

MoDOT is asking drivers to report potholes. Crews have a goal of fixing the problem area in less than 24 hours if possible.

"If you see a pothole on your way to work in the morning, please let us know. Our goal is to have it repaired before you drive to work the next day," said MoDOT District Engineer Don Wichern.

"There's some really bad ones out there and it's hard on the vehicles so I'm glad they're getting started," said Paula Hall of St. Joseph.

The Pothole Patrol Program will keep highways smooth and safe for drivers.

MoDOT says a crew will be out everyday to repair them as quickly as possible.

The potholes will be filled with a temporary filling.

They hope the filling will last a few months until they can be filled permanently .

"Allows us to put it in a hole without ever having to shoot oil down. It's got it's own tact built into it and we're able to wheel roll it and compact it in a hole and move on down the road," said Jim Bosley, assistant maintenance supervisor with MoDOT.

Since January, MoDOT has only received 17 calls or reports for potholes.

"We can't be everywhere at once and we understand that.  We have a lot of miles of road to cover," added Bosley.

MoDOT plans to patch between 50 to 100 holes a day on one stretch of roadway.

MoDOT hopes to permanently fill the spots this summer.

Reports can be made by calling MoDOT at 1-888-ASK MODOT (888-275-6636), by visiting MoDOT's website, through email or via social media.

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