This month’s back-to-back winter storms have created an abundance of potholes along Tennessee interstates and highways. TDOT is using all available staffing to repair the damaged areas as quickly as possible.
As the weather allows, crews will be patching potholes over the coming weeks. Cold mix asphalt is currently being used for repairs. Asphalt plants may open during the day and allow crews to use hot mix for more permanent repairs in some areas. However, it may be spring or early summer before more permanent repairs are made throughout the state.
Full-scale paving may be necessary to repair more severe locations fully. Dedicated crews will be assigned to interstates, while smaller groups will focus on state routes.
Please note – inclement weather, other emergency repairs, or incidents may disrupt daily repair schedules. TDOT does not count individual potholes, keep a tally of how many potholes have been repaired, or the cost of repairs per pothole. These repairs are part of normal highway maintenance operations TDOT has $9.1 million in the budget to repair potholes this fiscal year. Last fiscal year, the state spent $7.2 million.
Motorists should be prepared for short-term traffic delays during these repair operations. TDOT officials ask drivers to be patient and watch out for TDOT crews on interstates and state highways.
Motorists can alert TDOT to potholes at www.tn.gov/ tdot/maintenance/maintenance- request.html