Tired of a specific pothole? Tell the MoDOT Pothole Patrol

Friday, March 7, 2014 | 5:35 p.m. CST; updated 5:10 p.m. CDT, Monday, March 10, 2014

COLUMBIA — Missouri road crews plan to fill all reported potholes this spring — within 24 hours.

On Monday, the Missouri Department of Transportation will begin its second annual Pothole Patrol. The program will continue until the end of the month.

Columbia has 17 maintenance workers dedicated to the Pothole Patrol program, said Sally Oxenhandler, a MoDOT customer relations manager.

MoDOT is asking commuters to report potholes through a variety of methods:

Last year, between March 18 and April 15, road crews filled around 75,000 potholes statewide and used more than 3,000 tons of asphalt, according to a MoDOT release. The Central District for MoDOT, which encompasses 18 counties including Boone County, filled more than 10,000 potholes and used an estimated 350 tons of asphalt.

The public provided a great deal of feedback in 2013, said Nicole Thieret, a MoDOT customer relations manager.

MoDOT's goal this year is to be proactive and fix as many potholes as possible, she said.

Spring is a common time for potholes due to fluctuating temperatures. During warmer conditions, rain and melting snow seep into the pavement, and when temperatures drop at night, the water freezes and expands, causing cracks and bulges, according to a MoDOT release. As automobiles drive over affected areas, chunks of pavement dislodge from the road, causing potholes.

Supervising editor is Zachary Matson.

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