Cold Weather Blamed For Increased Interstate Potholes
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The extremely cold temperatures have been blamed on the increased number of potholes on Interstates in and around the Nashville area.
In order to avoid rush hour traffic, crews with the Tennessee Department of Transportation can only work overnight, or between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Those time periods just aren't long enough to conquer a workload that seems to never end.
Sometimes crews have as many as 100 potholes to fill on the interstate in Davidson County alone.
Burel Tidwell with T-DOT said this has been one of the worst winters for potholes he's ever seen.
"It freezes and thaws and when it thaws it pops the asphalt out. So the colder the temperature, the more moisture you have, it's just part of it. It's going to happen," he said.
At least ten workers are filling potholes in Davidson County constantly every day. That number can increase as high as 15 workers after a big storm.
The cold mix they use is the only thing available this time of year, to fill holes that seem to keep popping, up as fast as the complaints.
"Have a little patience. We're trying to patch potholes and hopefully save people's lives in the process," he said.
Middle Tennessee is in T-DOT's Region three. If you see a pothole that needs to be filled you should call 615-350-4300.