Indiana Department of Transportation
Freezing Conditions, Snow Plows, and Heavy Traffic Contribute to New Potholes
With winter weather in full swing, the Indiana Department of Transportation reminds the public to be on the look out for potholes on State, U.S. and Interstate Routes.
Potholes form when water seeps into cracks on the roadway, freezes and then thaws. This process, combined with normal highway traffic and snow removal operations can loosens the pavement creating potholes.
Because winter weather conditions take a larger than normal toll on the roads, INDOT makes pothole patching a priority, especially after snow and ice events. During the winter months asphalt plants are closed so a cold mixture is used to temporarily patch holes until a permanent patch can be made in the warmer months. Cold mix is a combination of small stone and liquid asphalt. Even after being filled with cold patch, the same pothole requires ongoing maintenance and can reopen several times throughout the winter
To report a pothole on a numbered state route, interstate or U.S. highway, contact INDOT at 1-800-279-5758 or use the “Report a Concern” tool at http//www.in.gov/indot/2330.htm. When calling, please indicate the address of the pothole or nearest landmarks, the direction of travel (N, S, E or W) and the specific lane (outside, middle, inside) of the pothole, so our crews can quickly find and repair the pothole.
For the past several years, INDOT has been expanding its Pavement Preservation Program to improve pavement friction and seal tiny cracks before potholes form. For every dollar invested, research estimates that pavement preservation saves taxpayers $6 to $14 in future maintenance and construction costs.
Stay InformedMotorists can learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at indot.carsprogram.org, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.
Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/INDOT/subscriber/new.
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