Frequent freeze/thaw events create mess of potholes

CINCINNATI -- The cold weather is wreaking havoc on more than just your commute and your car.

The frequent cold snaps and thaws are creating a mess of potholes.

Pothole season is usually in early spring (March and April) but the recent extreme weather isn’t doing the area any favors.

Potholes are formed when water seeps into cracks and freezes. As ice has more volume than liquid, it acts as a wedge and breaks the pavement apart.

With periods of below zero temps interrupted by above-freezing spells and ice-melters laid down by road crews, this process has been accelerated this year.

Tri-State road crews told WCPO they haven’t been able to work on fixing the potholes because they’re still too busy trying to clear all the snow and ice from the roadways.

That means that as the roads freeze and thaw, those potholes will only get bigger as the pavement is broken apart.

However, there is some relief for drivers in the Buckeye State. In Ohio, if a pothole causes $10,000 or less in damage, drivers can file a complaint with the Ohio Court of Claims to get some money back.

That said, the best way to avoid dealing with repairs from pothole damage is to simply avoid it in the first place.

REPORTING POTHOLES

In most areas, you can report potholes to the city streets department or the state transportation department for repair.

In Cincinnati, the phone number is 513-591-6000 and in Newport the phone number is 859-292-3622.

Ohio:
-Report a pothole:       http://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D06/Pages/ReportaPothole.aspx
-File a claim:    1-800-824-8263.

Kentucky:
-Report a pothole, by calling 1-800-PATCH-IT, or: http://transportation.ky.gov/District-6/Pages/County-Maintenance-Facilities.aspx
-File a claim:    502-573-7986 

Indiana:
-Report a pothole or file a claim: http://www.in.gov/indot/2337.htm

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