ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – MoDOT’s “Pothole Patrol” has been criss-crossing the St. Louis region, filling in road divots at a faster-than-expected pace.
When they launched their effort a few weeks ago, the patrol was promising to respond within 24 hours of being notified by the public of a particularly bad pothole.
“We’ve had a little over a hundred phone calls from citizens during that time,” explains Tom Blair, MoDOT’s assistant district engineer. “We’ve been able to respond on an average of six hours or less.”
He says one contributing factor has been the unseasonably mild winter, which means fewer freeze-thaw cycles, which (theoretically) means fewer potholes.
A bigger problem has been the safety of Pothole Patrol members, according to Blair.
“During the time we’ve been out there patching potholes we’ve had three of our trucks struck by motorists,” he explains.
Thankfully there have been no serious injuries, but MoDOT’s once again asking motorists to be alert, especially in work zones.
Potholes can be reported by calling toll-free 1-888-ASK-MoDOT, or online at www.modot.org/stlouis.
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