It may be just the start of pothole season, but Middle Tennessee’s roads are already giving way to rain and dropping temperatures.
According to the Mt. Juliet Police Department, a pothole along Interstate 40 East at mile marker 226 blew the tires of three cars.
“It’s considerable,” said Kathryn Schulte, TDOT Community Relations Officer. “There’s a lot of traffic on the interstates. You’ve got to remember it only takes a second for a pothole to open up.”
Overnight, TDOT patched the pothole.
Last winter and spring, TDOT’s maintenance crews spent a lot of time on I-440 patching up potholes.
But with the major work ahead for the 440 reconstruction project, Schulte said it may help free up resources.
“Big projects like 440 help us in terms of potholes because for construction projects, the contractor takes over the maintenance of the road,” said Schulte.
A harsh 2018 winter kept TDOT crews busy with pothole repairs, especially on roads due for resurfacing, like I-440 and I-24 between Clarksville and Nashville.
It’s experience Schulte said will come in handy in the peak of the season.
“It’s probably going to be another stretch of interstate due to be resurfaced, we don’t know which one it’s going to be, but I’m sure it’ll become evident soon,” said Schulte.
To report a pothole on the interstate:
Region 1 Maintenance
Knoxville / Upper East TN
Region 2 Maintenance
Chattanooga / East TN
Region 3 Maintenance
Nashville / Middle TN
Region 4 Maintenance
Jackson / West TN
To report a pothole on a state route:
TDOT Maintenance Office Nashville (Davidson, Williamson)
Gallatin (Macon, Trousdale, Smith, Sumner, Wilson)
Clarksville (Cheatham, Houston, Stewart, Montgomery, Robertson)
McEwen (Dickson, Hickman, Humphreys, Maury)
Belfast (Bedford, Moore, Lincoln, Marshall, Rutherford)
Lawrenceburg (Giles, Lawrence, Lewis, Perry, Wayne)
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org – please give the exact location of the pothole.
Potholes on local routes need to be reported to your local public works department.
In Nashville, call 615-862-5000.