Cold, Wet Winter Weather Brings Potholes. Spot One on a State-Maintained Road? Report it!

Potholes are common during the winter months when moisture seeps into cracks in the pavement, gets in between the layers of asphalt, and freezes

Cold, Wet Winter Weather Brings Potholes. Spot One on a State-Maintained Road? Report it!
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February 1, 2018

The recent cold, wet weather we have experienced across North Carolina means that more potholes will be popping up over the coming months. The NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) says that it has patching crews out in full force attacking these bothersome road hazards.

What causes potholes?

Potholes are common during the winter months when moisture seeps into cracks in the pavement and gets in between the layers of asphalt. That moisture then freezes, expands, and eventually thaws. When the ice expands, it causes the cracks to widen and the asphalt layer to rise. Traffic then loosens the pavement, which eventually creates a pothole.

Because potholes can quickly form—often without any warning—motorists are urged to pay special attention to the roadway and be on the lookout for potholes in the coming months.

Spot a pothole? Report it!

Motorists can help NCDOT by reporting potholes as soon as they are spotted. If you see a pothole on a state-maintained road anywhere in North Carolina, call toll-free (877) 368-4968 or report it online at NCDOT.gov/contact.

Keep in mind that road crews will repair reported potholes as quickly as possible—with priority going to the greatest safety concerns.

The location, size, and depth of the pothole determines its priority. Potholes within travel lanes of major routes will be first priority. Potholes on shoulders will be less of a priority, as will shallow ones. So try to be patient!