Potholes keep TDOT patching crews extra busy this time of year


The recent cold weather has brought on a problem we see on the roadways this time of the year: potholes. Most of us have encountered one of these nuisances during the last several weeks.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is responsible for repairing potholes on the Interstates and main state road systems, so this is a busy time of year for them.

“Just in Davidson County alone we’ve used about 50,000 tons of patching material.  And this time of year is extremely busy for our crews because, for example, Wednesday morning we were out early salting the roads, and then by mid-morning, they’re having to be patching potholes,” said Kathryn Schulte of TDOT.

And during the winter months, they can only do a temporary repair with what they call “cold mix”.

“Our hot mix asphalt plants don’t open regularly until the spring.  We’ll get them open on a nice day here and there, but they’re not consistently open until the spring.  So our crews are having to use a cold mix which isn’t a permanent fix.  And sometimes they’ll put a cold mix patch down, and if we get a lot of rain it will come out within a day or two. So it’s just something we have to constantly keep on top of,” Schulte said.

If you wish to report a pothole on the interstate system or main state roads, you can email TDOT at  tdot.comments@tn.gov.

Be as specific as you can about the location.

Here is a list of regional phone numbers to report potholes to TDOT:

Nashville (Davidson, Williamson)  615-350-4400

Gallatin (Macon, Trousdale, Smith, Sumner, Wilson)  615-451-5822

Clarksville (Cheatham, Houston, Stewart, Montgomery, Robertson)   931-648-5570

McEwen (Dickson, Hickman, Humphreys, Maury)   931-296-9600

Belfast (Bedford, Moore, Lincoln, Marshall, Rutherford)   931-270-5030

Lawrenceburg (Giles, Lawrence, Lewis, Perry, Wayne)  931-766-1414

Note:  Potholes on local routes need to be reported to your local public works department.

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