POTHOLE PATROL: MoDOT gears up for pothole repair work in March

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3/KSPR) - The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is in charge of maintaining more than 34,000 miles of state roadways. When it comes to potholes, Missouri spends up to $15 million in repairs every year. That money isn't spent all at once either, experts at MoDOT say potholes are a year-round problem because of Missouri's constantly changing weather.

MoDOT is in charge of filling the potholes along state highways and roads. A few of the roads MoDOT is in charge of in the Springfield area include I-44, Route 65, Route 60, Glenstone Avenue, Kearney Street, Sunshine Street and Kansas Expressway.

Right now, crews are gearing up for the major pothole push they'll experience in March. Throughout March, there will be 300-400 crews patching potholes across the state.

MoDOT's Darin Hamelink talked about what their number one thing they look for when prioritizing which potholes to repair first. "If you have a pothole that is fairly deep, say 3/4 inches, it can be a safety concern and so we do kind of prioritize those higher than one that's shallow," said Hamelink.

To report a pothole in your area call 1-888-ASK-MODOT. Hamelink said they try and get crews to reported potholes within 24 hours. If the pothole reported is not on a state roadway, they will pass the report along to the correct city or county agency. People can also report potholes or other road concerns on the MoDOT website.