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Warmer weather brings more potholes, leaving drivers frustrated


Do you sometimes feel like you're on a roller coaster driving on tri-state roads littered with potholes??

Officials say there is a reason why you may be experiencing more bumps in the road this time of year. With spring weather comes more potholes on the roads.

"Oh, it feels like it is going to throw me off the road sometimes," said Diann Kaylor.

Kaylor said she has driven over many potholes in Lewis County where she lives, and said one time she thought one was going to ruin her vehicle.

"I just thought a tire might have fallen off. You know I fell in a whole and it scared me half to death, but I survived," said Kaylor.

Potholes like the ones Kaylor has driven over are what Missouri of Department of Transportation senior maintenance worker Anthony Morrall said his crews were out fixing Thursday.  

Morrall said potholes are the worst when the weather starts getting warmer.

"That freeze and thaw cycle gets us a lot. You get water into the loose pavement and then it freezes and expands and bust material out and then traffic carries it on through," said Morrall.

Morrall said his crews usually start with the problem areas they find out about and then the roads that are most traveled.

"We always like to check our major routes first, get on the routes like 61 and 16 that carry a lot of traffic, but if we know we got some bad ones on our secondary routes we'll make sure we get them too," said Morrall. 

Officials say they can sometimes fill up to 200 potholes a day at a cost of $80 a hole. If you live in Missouri and you know about a problem pothole in your area, call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT and crews will come out to fix it.

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