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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Potholes popping up earlier than usual

  • As if the recent bouts of snow, ice and extreme cold weren't bad enough, now motorists and the Missouri Department of Transportation are battling another roadway issue: potholes.
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  • As if the recent bouts of snow, ice and extreme cold weren't bad enough, now motorists and the Missouri Department of Transportation are battling another roadway issue: potholes.
    Melting snow and rain, coupled with an extreme swing in temperatures, have caused potholes to pop up earlier in the year than usual.  For the time being, MoDOT crews in central Missouri are turning their attention from plowing snow to filling potholes.
    "Drivers should be on the watch for short-term lane closings and crews and equipment filling potholes across mid-Missouri over the next several days," said MoDOT Central District Engineer David Silvester. "Crews will address the worst and deepest potholes first and then will move to more minor potholes."
    Potholes form when temperatures warm up during the day but continue to be cold at night. Moisture from winter rain and snow constantly seeps into the cracks and joints of the roads.
    When the temperatures drop at night, that water freezes and expands the pavement, which causes it to crack and bulge. As cars and trucks drive over those cracks, the pressure causes chunks of pavement to pop out, and potholes are formed.
    Drivers are urged to report potholes on the state highway system by calling MoDOT toll free at 1-888-275-6636 or by going to the MoDOT Central District website at www.modot.org/ central and clicking on Report a Road Concern.

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